The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30, at the start of the college football regular season.
76. John Jenkins, No. 6, Georgia Defensive Lineman
2011 stats: 28 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception.
Jenkins transferred to Georgia from junior college last year and made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs, starting seven games and being given one of the team's Newcomer of the Year awards. The 6'3", 351-pounder is a perfect fit in the middle of the line in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme.
There's always going to be a rotation on the defensive line, and Kwame Geathers is pushing the rising senior for playing time. That kind of fierce competition often times results in more success as a team and as a unit, but it could result in less playing time for Jenkins.
Having two options at nose tackle is a luxury for Grantham and the Bulldogs. It will allow for the coaching staff to keep both players fresh. As a result, Jenkins' stat sheet may not indicate that he's one of the SEC's best, but the play of the unit as a whole surely will.
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