ATHENS - Jordan Jenkins has known for a long time - since September, in fact - that he wanted to return for his senior year. The only reason he didn't make it official was his parents, who wanted him to make absolutely sure.
The junior outside linebacker is sure enough now, so he has removed any doubt: He will return to Georgia for his final year.
"They care about me a lot, and they wanted to show me everything," Jenkins said. "They realized how committed I was, and wanted to go ahead and let me say what I wanted to say."
Jenkins did submit his name to the NFL draft advisory board, and hasn't heard back yet, but that apparently won't affect his decision. After a regular season in which he had 4.5 sacks - under his five-sack total from 2012 and 2013 - he felt he had more to work on.
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"I didn't want to lose my senior year, and not have another year of getting better and working with the coaches and just perfecting my craft," Jenkins said.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo apparently remains a candidate for the head coaching job at Colorado State, where he interviewed on Wednesday.
In the meantime, he isn’t acting any differently at practice, where he’s been the only coach wearing shorts despite the cold weather. His voice is still carrying out on the practice field.
“Bobo is Bobo,” tackle John Theus said. “That’s one thing, every day he’s gonna come in here yelling and getting ready to work. That doesn’t change with him.”