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Mike Jenkins

Date of birth : 1985-03-22
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-11-03

Mike Jenkins is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys 25th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

PRO:
Mike Jenkins enters his third pro season and his second as the undisputed starter at right cornerback after earning the job with his play early in the 2009 season. One-of-two first round draft picks (25th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Jenkins was eased into the lineup during his rookie season due to injuries to Terence Newman and the mid-season suspension of Adam Jones. In 2009 he was given the opportunity to claim a starting spot in the Dallas defense after Anthony Henry was traded to Detroit for Jon Kitna. The 2010 season will feature both Jenkins and Newman fresh off Pro Bowl appearances in the defensive backfield.

2009:
cNamed the starting right cornerback heading into Week 4 after a training camp battle with Orlando Scandrick. Started 15-of-16 games, as well as the team's two playoff games while earning his first career Pro Bowl berth.
# Led the team with career-highs in interceptions (five) and pass breakups (23), while also posting a career-best 60 tackles - good for 10th on the club.
# Tied for eighth in the NFC and tied for 12th in the NFL with five picks.
# Started at right cornerback in the season opener at Tampa Bay (9/13) and had six tackles and one pass breakup. Also recovered a blocked punt by Gerald Sensabaugh, which he returned 17 yards to setup a Dallas field goal.
# Played in the secondary rotation and recorded three tackles and one pass breakup against the N.Y. Giants (9/20).
# Recorded the first interception of the season and second of his career as the starting right corner against Carolina (9/28). Also added five tackles, one pass breakup and his first career tackle for loss for minus one yard.
# Was named the starting right cornerback in the week leading up to the game at Denver (10/4) and recorded five tackles and one pass breakup.
# Finished with a season-high seven tackles, one pass breakup and his second interception of the season against Atlanta (10/25).
# Picked off his third pass of the season at Philadelphia (11/8) along with three tackles and two pass breakups.
# Suffered a left forearm bruise midway through the third quarter at Green Bay (11/15) and returned late in the fourth quarter only to re-injury it and not return. Posted four tackles before leaving the game.
# Added his team-leading fourth interception of the season at the N.Y. Giants (12/6) along with three tackles and two pass breakups.
# Recorded his fifth interception of the season at New Orleans (12/19) while adding six tackles and two pass breakups as the defense held the Saints to just one-of-seven on third down.
# In the win to clinch a playoff berth at Washington (12/27), finished with three tackles and one pass breakup as the defense forced a shutout for the first time since a 27-0 win at Washington (12/14/03).
# Had one tackle and three pass breakups as the defense shutout the Eagles (1/3/10) to force back-to-back shutouts for the first time in team history.
# Made his postseason debut against Philadelphia (1/9/10) in the Wild Card Game and led the team with four pass breakups and recorded one tackle and one interception.
# In the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10) had one tackle and two pass breakups.

2008:
# As a rookie, played in 14 games with three starts to record 22 tackles, an interception that he returned for a touchdown and six pass breakups.
# Made his NFL debut at Cleveland (9/7) playing in the nickel and dime packages but did not record any statistics.
# Notched his first career tackle and pass breakup against Philadelphia (9/15).
# Posted three tackles at Green Bay (9/21).
# Made his first career start for an injured Newman (abdomen) at St. Louis (10/19) to the tune of four tackles and a pass breakup.
# Recorded a season-high seven tackles along with a pass defensed in his second start of the season against Tampa Bay (10/26).
# In his third start of the season at the N.Y. Giants (11/2), intercepted his first career pass which he returned 23 yards for a touchdown to mark the first defensive score of the season and the first Dallas rookie to return an interception for a touchdown since Roy Williams had two in 2002. Also added four tackles and a pass breakup.
# Was inactive against Seattle (11/27) and at Pittsburgh (12/7) with a hamstring injury.
# Returned to action against the N.Y. Giants (12/14) but did not record any stats.

COLLEGE
# Jenkins started 40 of the 48 games he played at South Florida and racked up 133 tackles with six for losses, five forced fumbles and 47 pass breakups with six interceptions.
# Left USF atop the record books with 47 career passes defensed and seventh with six interceptions.
# At the end of his collegiate career, Jenkins burst onto the scene as a dangerous kickoff return man, taking the first kickoff of his senior year 100 yards for a touchdown to set a school mark.
# Was a finalist for the Thorpe Award as a senior, finishing with career-highs in tackles (41), interceptions (three) and tackles for losses (four) to go along with 12 pass breakups while starting in 13 games.
# Started 12 of the 13 games he played as a junior, missing a start in the bowl game, and led the team with a career-high 15 pass breakups along with 27 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
# As a sophomore, started all 12 games at right cornerback and had 38 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups.
# Played in 10-of-11 games with three starts at left cornerback as a freshman, finishing with 27 tackles, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

PERSONAL
# Earned SuperPrep All-America honors as a senior safety at Bradenton, Fla., Southeast High School.
# In 2002 named first-team Class 3A all-state and selected by the Sarasota Herald Tribune as its Defensive Player of the Year after recording 42 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two blocked punts and two blocked field goals.
# Also played running back and led the team with 859 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2002.
# Born in Newenburg, Germany.
# Has a son, Mekhi.


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