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Miami Player Profile: Rayshawn Jenkins

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile two players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

Joel Auerbach

Rayshawn Jenkins

Junior - S - 6'1 208 - St. Petersburg, FL (Admiral Farragut Academy)

Jenkins started 12 games last year, and had 46 tackles and 3 INTs.   Very quietly the best season among any of the safeties on the roster.

Has good size, tackles well, and covers a decent amount of ground in coverage.  Was also a star hurdler in H.S. so also brings good athleticism to the position.

Missed spring camp to recovery from injury.  When healthy, will have to fight off Jamal Carter & Dallas Crawford to pair with likely starter Deon Bush, but figures to see plenty of action whether as a starter or reserve.

Summary: To be brutally honest, S was one of the worst played positions on the field for UM last season. Lots of missed tackles and blown coverages/misplayed balls plagued the D last year.  Now suddenly with Bush healthy, the progression of Carter, and Crawford's conversion to defense, the position suddenly looks pretty deep.  Jenkins brings good experience, and the best "free safety" skills to the table though. Carter and Bush's pure talents will be hard to keep off the field, but in third and longs Jenkins is the guy I would look for to play the center field role most often.  3 more picks and continued sound tackling from Jenkins would be a welcome site for UM fans.

Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to Labor Day Vs Louisville.