USF Football BIO
Mike Jenkins
Player Profile:
Mike Jenkins 37939
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 197
Year: Senior
City/State: Bradenton, FL
High School: Southeast HS

2007:  First Team All-American by the AFCA, Second Team All-American by ... All-BIG EAST First Team DB ... Jenkins has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game ... Rated as the top senior cornerback by NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper and as high as No. 8 among all senior prospects ... Teams up with fellow senior CB Trae Williams to create arguably the best corner combo in college football ... Thorpe Award semifinalist ... Ranked 17th nationally with 16 passes defended (interceptions and pass breakups) ... Career high three interceptions in 2007 ... Also had 12 pass breakups ... Picked a Brandon Cox pass in the fourth quarter against Auburn that he nearly took in for a TD before stepping out of bounds at the three ... Also began returning kicks late in the season ... Took his first kickoff return back 100 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati ... Tied a BIG EAST record ... Set a USF single game record with 192 kickoff return yards against the Bearcats ... Also has interceptions against UCF and Louisville.

2006: Ranked 19th best cornerback in nation by The Sporting News ... Named 2006 preseason all-BIG EAST by The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon ... Led team with 15 pass breakups ... 27 tackles belies his coverage ability ... Lone interception came in win over Pitt ... Had four pass breakups in win at UCF (Sept. 16) ... Three pass breakups in Bowl win over East Carolina (Dec. 23) ... Started 12-of-13 games, missing only the Bowl start.

2005: Second team All-BIG EAST selection as well as a first-team preseason choice in 2006 ... Saved two touchdowns when he chased down receivers at Penn State (Sept. 3) and at Miami (Oct. 1) ... Forced a fumble on the play at Miami that went through the end zone to give USF the ball on a touchback ... Started all 12 games at corner ... Had 38 tackles and two interceptions in 2005 ... Interceptions came in back-to-back wins over Rutgers (Nov. 5) and Syracuse (Nov. 12) ... Interception at Syracuse came in end zone to preserve a 27-0 USF shutout ... Season-high six tackles on two occasions at Pittsburgh (Oct. 15) and vs. Cincinnati (Nov. 19).

2004: Showed tremendous promise early in season but slowed by ankle injury that had him in and out of lineup from game-to-game ... Played in 10-of-11 games and started three of those early in season ...While playing mostly at corner, he did see spot duty as a safety ... Had 27 tackles and nine pass breakups ... Also forced two fumbles ... Season-high five tackles at Cincinnati (Nov. 20) ... Blocked a punt (and recovered) in season-opener vs. Tennessee Tech (Sep. 11).

SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep All-America as a safety ... In addition to SuperPrep honors, Jenkins was rated the 27th player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel’s Bill Buchalter, and he was named first team All-Gridiron by Sean Alveshire (, who picks the top players in the state regardless of their school’s classification ... First team Class 3A all-state ... Sarasota Herald Tribune selected Jenkins as its Defensive Player of the Year, and he was the District Player of the Year in 2002 after he had 42 tackles, two interceptions, one caused fumble, two blocked punts and two blocked field goals ... Also played running back and led the team with 859 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Coached by Paul Maechtle.

PERSONAL: Born March 22, 1985 in Newenburg, Germany... Son of Kathy Gray ... Has two brothers and one sister.

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