For most NCAA football teams, losing your best pass rusher would mean the end of the world. And don’t misunderstand, the news that Florida State is going to be without star defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the year is bad. But this is a team that is built on depth along the defensive line, and will be able to re-load.
Jenkins suffered the injury last Saturday during the Seminoles first game of the year. A 69-3 beatdown of Murray State. I watched the game, and when Jenkins suffered the injury, I would have never thought it would be the type of thing that would shelve him for the year. But per Bruce Feldman at CBS Sports, the injury was worse than expected and he’s done for the year.
What do the Seminoles do now? They keep calm and carry on. Jenkins teammate on the other end Bjoern Werner is a first round pick in his own right and showed it on Saturday with a tremendous game. But the cupboard is not bare behind him. The player who came in and covered for Jenkins when he was hurt, Tank Carradine would be a starter for most team so if need be, he’ll hold it down for the rest of the year.
But just to give you some perspective of just how deep this team is at defensive end, the best defensive end in 2012 coming out of high school, Mario Edwards is also on the roster and could have his redshirt removed in order to add a third rotational player for the Seminoles. They also have another youngster named Giorgio Newberry who will be in the mix as well.
For Jenkins this is tough. Depending on the prognosis, he may just sit out and rehab, and be ready for the 2013 NFL draft, but if he is concerned about his draft stock, he still has a redshirt year, and could do that, allowing him to return to the team next year for another season. Either way, I wish Jenkins all the best on a full recovery.
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