“I can’t even put it into words. It’s a very humbling feeling,” he said. “I came to Gulf Coast as a preferred walk-on. I really started from nothing. I had to prove myself and earn trust from the coaches to lead the team.”
Jenkins will also be the featured speaker at the MACJC All-Star Game Banquet on Thursday. He was the Offensive MVP in the first Mississippi Bowl when Gulf Coast defeated Georgia Military College 41-7 in 2008.
“When the opportunity came, it was the first Mississippi Bowl and it was pretty much a home game for us,” he said. “We wanted to start it off right with a win.”
Jenkins, who is from Dade City, Fla., played in six games for the Oakland Raiders in 2013, returning 10 kicks for 221 yards and six punts for another 49. He also scored a touchdown when he scooped and scored a fumbled kickoff by the Cowboys.
He missed 2014 after tearing his abductor muscle and later had surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. Jenkins signed with Jacksonville in 2015 but a high ankle sprain prevented him from sticking with the team.
Jenkins said he’s staying in shape and remains in regular contact with coaches at four NFL teams, hoping to land back in the league.
In two years at Alabama State, Jenkins played quarterback and completed nearly 60 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,166 yards. He had 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for the Hornets, while also rushing for 837 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jenkins led Gulf Coast to a state championship in 2008. He threw for 37 touchdowns and almost 3,500 yards in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Jenkins joins Malcolm Tatum, who was the MGCCC Defensive MVP during that first Mississippi Bowl, in the Hall of Fame.