Janoris Jenkins of Florida Is the Best Player You've Never Heard of

Evan WContributor IDecember 17, 2008

If you watched the Soak at the Doak this year between Florida and Florida State, Number 29 kept making plays and showing up on your TV throughout the whole game. Most college football fans and even some Gator fans didn’t know who this was.

This kid is Janoris Jenkins, a true freshman out of Pahokee (FL). Jenkins, who plays cornerback, is as naturally gifted as a true freshman defensive back comes.

Jenkins who has had the starting cornerback spot since the beginning of the season has done nothing but make plays, whether it was that jaw jarring hit that forced a crucial fumble at the beginning of the Tennessee game, or helping shut down the SEC's top receiver and future first round pick Julio Jones in the SEC Championship he has been nothing short of spectacular. 

Jenkins who is known for being a physical jam up corner has recorded 34 tackles, 11 pass break up, and 3 interceptions. But beyond his natural physical build, what sticks out most is his ability to be comfortable when the ball is in the air. He has a knack for being around the ball, and is the true definition of a defensive playmaker.

The gators and Defensive Coordinator Charlie Strong need big things out of this true freshman as they expect him to help shut down Heisman Winner Sam Bradford. With a good game from Jenkins hopefully the gators will bring back another title, and everyone will know the name of number 29.