2002 PRESEASON ? Emerged as the starting quarterback midway through spring practice ... Coaches are impressed with his leadership, maturity and poise ... Does a good job of directing the offense and the players seem to have confidence in him ... Is a good athlete with multiple skills ... Has a strong arm and can go deep ... Is also an effective runner and is tough to bring down in the open field ... He is living a dream, having grown up in Columbia, starring at Dreher High School in both football and baseball ... When he was a youngster, he often times sold sodas at the Carolina games at Williams-Brice Stadium ... Named the team?s outstanding quarterback during spring drills ... Received the Joe Morrison Memorial Award prior to the Spring Game, which is presented to the offensive and defensive MVP?s of spring practice in memory of former USC head coach Joe Morrison ... He played well in the Spring Game, completing 11 of 18 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns (24 yards, 40 yards, 16 yards, and 80 yards) ... Also rushed for a game-high 91 yards on eight carries in leading the starters to victory in the Spring Game ... Had a long rush of 34 yards in the Spring Game ... Began to show signs of becoming a complete quarterback towards the end of spring ball.
2001 ? Columbia native who transferred from Garden City Junior College and made an immediate impact playing a backup role at quarterback ... Also played on some of USC's special teams ... Appeared in 11 games ... Rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns ... Completed 11 of 24 passes for 194 yards with one interception ... Was moved to fullback in preparation for the Outback Bowl and played one snap in that role in that contest ... Is expected to be at quarterback for spring practice 2002 ... His coming out party came against Mississippi State, when he came off the bench midway through the third quarter to lead USC on a 16-play, 74-yard drive that milked seven minutes and 32 seconds off the clock and resulted in a Gamecock field goal ... On that drive, Jenkins carried the ball 11 times for 75 yards, including a long run of 27 yards ... The change of pace caught the Bulldogs off guard and the three-pointer cashed in by Daniel Weaver proved to be the game winner ... Had five carries for 49 yards and one touchdown - a 41-yard rushing score - against Arkansas ... Completed a 60-yard pass play to Ryan Brewer in win over Vanderbilt ... Had a 20-yard completion to Matthew Thomas in win over Wofford ... His one-yard TD run on fourth and goal in the fourth quarter against Clemson proved to be the decisive score for Carolina in that victory ... Also scored on a five-yard run in the win over Vanderbilt. ... Terrific athlete who could most likely play a variety of positions - quarterback, tailback, receiver, linebacker or safety ... Originally signed with Carolina coming out of high school (1995) but opted for career in professional baseball after he was a first round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox ... Spent four years playing baseball, with both the Red Sox and White Sox organizations, before coming back to football in 1999 ... Since the academic core requirements had changed since he had first left high school, he had to enroll in junior college before transferring to USC.?
JUNIOR COLLEGE ? Two-time Junior College All-America selection ... Rushed for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns and threw for 932 yards and eight TDs his final season at Garden City ... His team finished the season 10-0 and ranked number one in the junior college ranks ... Played for Coach Bob Larson at Garden City.?
HIGH SCHOOL ? All-state quarterback at Dreher High School ... Named the Offensive Player of the Year by The State newspaper ... For his career, he threw for 3,400 yards and 45 touchdowns, while he rushed for 2,800 yards and 36 touchdowns ... Played for Coach Mike Sisk at Dreher.
PERSONAL ?Is one of 12 siblings ... His older brother, Dee, played baseball in the San Diego Padres organization.?