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    Derell Jenkins
    Derell Jenkins

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bolingbrook, Ill.

    High School:
    Bolingbrook

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 210

    Position:
    SAF

    Birthdate:
    03/18/1984



    The 2004 Scouting Report: A gifted athlete who made his second position change (from running back to safety) last year ... Was one of the spring's pleasant surprises--loves the physical contact of defensive football ... Has a knack for making plays, but still needs to improve with regards to assignments, something that will come with playing time and experience ... Will make an impact defensively.

    2004: Suffered a broken wrist at Minnesota and missed the next four games ... Reserve safety and one of team's two deep men on kickoff returns ... Surprised everyone with his quick return at Penn State and played on team's special teams coverage units ... Had five kickoff returns for 86 yards (17.2 ypr) against TCU ... Returned one kickoff for 30 yards against Arizona State ... Registered three kickoff returns for 77 yards, including a season-long 39-yarder, at Minnesota ... Notched five tackles at safety vs. Hawaii.

    2003: Returned kickoffs the last six regular-season games ... Led team with 18 kickoff returns ... Returned the longest kick of his young career vs. Michigan -- 44 yards ... Averaged 23.6 yards per kick return (five returns) against the Wolverines ... Ranked 10th in Big Ten kickoff return average (17.8 ypr) ... Versus Purdue, saw playing time in the backfield, rushing four times for 10 yards and his first career TD -- a 5-yard scamper ... Named team's Special Teams Player of the Game for his performances against Purdue and Penn State.

    2002: True freshman who saw his first action against Indiana ... Excellent running QB ... Totaled 27 rushing yards on four carries vs. the Hoosiers ... 18 rushing yards at Iowa ... Went 0-for-4 passing with two interceptions vs. the Hawkeyes ... Broke his left hand at Iowa and did not play against Illinois.

    High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest Region ... Two-time honorable mention all-state (Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette), two-time all-area (Joliet Herald, Daily Southtown, Naperville Sun and Chicago Sun-Times) and two-time all-conference honoree ... For career, completed 239 of 448 passes (53.3 percent) for 4,278 yards and 39 TDs ... Rushed for 1,142 career yards (4.5 ypc) and 13 TDs ... 16 career returns for 394 yards (24.6 ypr) and two TDs ... Threw for 2,187 yards as a junior and 1,700 yards as a senior ... Rushed for nearly 600 yards his senior season ... Passed for a career-high 289 yards (18-of-29) and two TDs his senior year vs. Hersey ... Holds all single-game, single-season and career school passing marks ... Also participated in basketball and track ... Earned Second Honors his junior and senior years ... Coached by Phil Acton.

    Personal: Born Derell Akeem Jenkins on 3/18/84 ... Son of Derek and Nina Jenkins ... Chose NU over Michigan State and Virginia Tech ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

    Jenkins' Career Statistics

    RUSHING	       G	Att	Yds	TD	Lg	Avg/C	Avg/G
    2002	       2	11	45	0	11	4.1	22.5
    2003	      13	8	22	1	6	2.8	1.7
    2004	       8	0	0	0	0	0.0	0.0
    TOTALS	      23	19	67	1	11	3.5	2.9
    

    TACKLES G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR 2002 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2003 13 4 4 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 2004 8 8 3 11 0.0 0 0 0 1 TOTALS 23 12 7 19 0.0 0 0 0 1

    KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2003 13 18 320 0 44 17.8 24.6 2004 8 10 210 0 39 21.0 26.2 TOTALS 23 28 530 0 44 18.9 23.0

    ALL-PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2002 2 45 0 0 0 0 45 22.5 2003 13 22 0 1 320 0 343 26.4 2004 8 0 0 0 210 0 210 26.2 TOTALS 23 67 0 1 530 0 598 26.0

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2002 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2003 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2004 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTALS 23 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.3