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Brandon Jenkins leaving the ‘Noles for the NFL

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In the first of what will be myriad announcements from now until mid-January, one of the top players at his position has decided to take his talents to the professional ranks.

Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins confirmed Monday that he will forego an attempt at a medical redshirt and will make himself available for the April NFL draft.  Jenkins’ decision comes two-and-a-half months after he suffered a foot injury that prematurely ended his true senior season.

The fact that Jenkins missed all but one game very likely would’ve assured the lineman he would’ve received a fifth year from the NCAA in 2013.  Instead, Jenkins will play his first year at the NFL level next season.

“I think it’s time,” Jenkins said in quotes distributed by the school. “It’s been great. I love FSU. I love everybody. I bleed Garnet and Gold. It was a tough decision (and) I feel like my time has been good, but I will enter the draft.

After playing in 12 games as a true freshman in 2009, Jenkins had started 28 straight games over two-plus seasons.  He was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2010 and a second-team pick in 2011.

In 40 career games, Jenkins was credited with 22.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss.

“I am very supportive of Brandon’s decision,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We had a great talk. It is best for him to go and become an NFL football player, which he most definitely will. We were very blessed to have had him here at Florida State. He’s one of the great players in Florida State history, but not only that, he’s one of the great people in Florida State history. He represented our team and our school with great dignity. I wish him nothing but the best and it was a pleasure to be able to coach him.”

FSU noted that Jenkins’ rehab from the Lisfranc injury should allow him to participate in all of the pre-draft evaluations, including the Indianapolis Combine.

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7 Responses to “Brandon Jenkins leaving the ‘Noles for the NFL”
  1. 35longmiles says: Nov 20, 2012 6:41 AM

    Good luck kid. Too bad that your Senior Day will be ruined by an SEC team.

  2. canetic says: Nov 20, 2012 7:34 AM

    I think I speak for everyone when I say “Who?” And the Noles will beat the Gators by 7.

  3. originolefan says: Nov 20, 2012 8:18 AM

    you speak for yourself Jenkins was probably the best Defensive payer we had coming into the year and his loss just shows our depth and 35longmiles to honestly think the gators who could barely beat Louisiana Lafayette are going to be the Noles you are dreaming dude, last weeks game was also a travesty you beat a team that was garbage by 23 points, when your team with a plethora of 5 star players can barely muster up a touchdown you have issues, and then you might be like look at our # 4 ranked defense wowow look at what LL did to your defense buddy and yeah they have lost to 6 unranked opponents, oh and your huge wins VS SC (without Lattimore) and LSU who also is so highly over rated are a joke you are lucky to be in the top 15 and definitely should be no where near the top 5

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    originalnole

    As I recall, NC State is ranked No.65 in this weeks computer poll. Just sayin.

    BTW, learn paragraphs.

  5. originolefan says: Nov 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Hound its an informal comment on a sports blogging site so you can stick your paragraphs up your …. Just Saying

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 20, 2012 5:26 PM

    nolefan

    Wahhh, I’d hate to see what your “formal comments” look like Mr. Wallofwords.

    Gators are going to stomp a mudhole in your overrated arse. ha ha

  7. 93noles99 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:04 PM

    hey hound i cant wait for the gaytors to stomp the noles like they did Louisiana Lafayette and Jacksonville state with their first team offensive players. sorry chump noles win easily by seventeen in tally as driskell the tool qb throws int’s and gets sacked all day long. sec and gaytors equals way overated!!!

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