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Miami Football 2015 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 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.

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Rayshawn Jenkins

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

Missed all of 2014 due to a chronic back injury, earning a medical redshirt.

In two seasons prior, has 4 career INT, 73 career tackles, and 8 PBUs.

Was one of the better/most consistent DBs on the roster in 2013.

Jenkins is now healthy and has high hopes for the 2015 season.

Clearly has the talent to be a force.

Summary: IF (if being the key word) Jenkins is healthy, he is the second best S on the team outside of Deon Bush. An argument can be made for Jamal Carter as well, but Jenkins is more versatile/accomplished as both a tackler and in pass defense than anyone outside of Bush. His size and range are ideal, especially for the FS spot. But a herniated disc is the type of injury that can put doubt in any athlete.  Jenkins' health will be one of the key story lines this fall for the UM defense. The good news is that if he isn't healthy, players like Carter, freshman Jaquan Johnson, and Dallas Crawford can step in.  The bad news is, none of those players are quite as complete or proven as Jenkins. It's hard to predict what exactly he gives the 'Canes, until his health is more a certainty.  But anything in the range of 20-30 tackles, and 2-3 picks, seems realistic and would help the Miami defense immensely.

Stay tuned for more player profiles from SOTU as we count down to kick off.