Jelani Jenkins declares for 2013 draft

Linebacker is leaving school after an injury plagued season

Published On: Jan 08 2013 12:18:20 PM EST
Florida Gators Football
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is the latest Florida player to declare for the NFL draft.

Jenkins is leaving school after an injury plagued season and while recovering from foot surgery.

Jenkins played in 36 games at UF, including 31 starts, and totaled 182 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 6.0 sacks and three interceptions

“Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL,” said Florida head coach Will Muschamp. “We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree.”

Jenkins joins safety Matt Elam, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and tight end Jordan Reed as juniors leaving Florida early.