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#8
A.J. Jenkins
Rec Yards TD
90 1276 8
Team: Illinois Fighting IlliniHeight: 6-0 Born:
Position: WRWeight: 185 Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr


Scouting Report
Despite playing in a run-oriented attack, Jenkins emerged as arguably the Big Ten's best receiver in 2011. It's possible he'll be more potent in a pro-style offense, but his lack of size and suspect route running means he might fall to the later rounds. There's no question he has game-breaking speed, running the sixth-fastest 40-yard dash of any player at the NFL combine at 4.39 seconds. Jenkins has been Illinois' leading receiver each of the past two seasons but made a huge leap from his junior to senior years. Following a breakout 2010 - 56 catches for 746 yards and seven TDs - Jenkins had one of the best seasons in school history. He was named to the All-Big Ten first team after leading the conference with 90 receptions and ranking second with 98.2 yards per game, both good for 14th among all FBS players. Jenkins set a school record with 268 receiving yards in a win over Northwestern on Oct. 1, when he scored two of his three touchdowns during Illinois' second-half comeback. He had two TDs and 182 yards at Indiana the following week to set a conference record for most receiving yards in a two-game span. The two-time academic All-Big Ten honoree didn't help his cause with his performances in games after the season ended. Jenkins managed only one catch for 26 yards as an injury addition to the Senior Bowl, then was held without a reception in the East-West Shrine Game.

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2008 Ill  12 0 0 - 0 11 287 26.1 3
2009 Ill  8 1 -1 -1.0 0 10 123 12.3 1
2010 Ill  13 0 0 - 0 56 746 13.3 7
2011 Ill  13 5 26 5.2 0 90 1276 14.2 8
Career   46 6 25 4.2 0 167 2432 14.6 19

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2008 Ill  12 0 0 - 0 22 490 22.3 1
2009 Ill  8 0 0 - 0 11 204 18.5 0
2011 Ill  13 0 0 - 0 5 79 15.8 0
Career   46 0 0 - 0 38 773 20.3 1

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/3/2011 ArkSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 11 148 13.5 1 72
9/10/2011 SDkSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 71 14.2 0 34
9/17/2011 AriSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 103 17.2 1 45
9/24/2011 WestMi 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 43 7.2 0 11
10/1/2011 NW 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 12 268 22.3 3 50
10/8/2011 @ Ind 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 182 30.3 2 77
10/15/2011 OhioSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 8 80 10.0 0 21
10/22/2011 @ Purdue 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 8 92 11.5 0 20
10/29/2011 @ PSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 -3 -3.0 0 0 6 43 7.2 0 20
11/12/2011 Mich 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 8 103 12.9 0 32
11/19/2011 Wisc 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 3 13 4.3 0 9 4 33 8.3 0 18
11/26/2011 @ Minn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 30 7.5 0 14
12/31/2011 @ UCLA 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 16 16.0 0 16 6 80 13.3 1 60