Jordan Jenkins with a leap to rival Knowshon

semerson@macon.comAugust 27, 2013 

ATHENS - Jordan Jenkins made the most impressive leap by a Georgia football player since Knowshon Moreno. This one just won't get the same renown because it came in a preseason scrimmage in a near-empty Sanford Stadium.

That's why it took a few weeks for it to surface, but it finally did, with video evidence: Jenkins leaping right over freshman tailback Brendan Douglas, causing Christian LeMay to throw an interception to Amarlo Herrera. Watch it here.

Jenkins estimates he was about four or five feet in the air.

"My parents loved it when I showed it to them," Jenkins said. "It's a pretty good move. I'm not gonna jump all the time. But I'd rather jump over somebody trying to cut me rather than trying to play it, because it slows you down sometimes. And jumping over them you can just keep going with the rush."

Jenkins said the leap happened almost by accident.

"I got tired of getting cut," he said. "And Brendan Douglas cut me the play before, and I tried it in the first scrimmage. It didn't work. The second time I said, all right I know he's gonna cut. So I went to jump, and he didn't cut, and the next thing I know I'm in the air over him. So I kept going for it.

"I really stole that from (Jadeveon) Clowney. I saw it, and said, Hell if Clowney can do it I know I can do it, because I know I can jump."

Receiver Malcolm Mitchell said Jenkins is well-known around the team for his leaping ability.

"Have you ever see him jump?" Mitchell said. "He probably touched the back top of the square on a basketball goal."

So Jenkins can jump like Moreno did a few years ago?

"Maybe higher," Mitchell said. "Watch how he walks. For real. It's like he has springs when he walks."

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