By Mickey Furfari
For The Register-Herald
Brodrick Jenkins has played 26 games as a defensive back for West Virginia University, including four as a starter last season.
The 5-foot-10, 185-point junior-to-be from Fort Myers, Fla., ranked eighth in the Big East last season in passes broken up with eight. He also tied a career-high with five solo tackles in the 70-33 blowout of Clemson in the Orange Bowl at Miami.
Jenkins finished his sophomore year with 27 tackles — 22 solos — and two for lost yardage as well as the eight passes he broke up.
For his two seasons, he shows a total of 39 solo tackles, six assists, 10 pass deflections, and two interceptions.
Before leaving for this week’s spring break, Jenkins said he thought the Mountaineers were giving great effort and performing with a lot of speed in spring drills.
As far as the techniques of the new defensive system, he said he felt like a freshman. He explained that some of the schemes carried over from last year were very different.
Asked what the biggest change instructed by the new defensive staff has been, Jenkins said, “Just our tempo and attitude. We’re a younger defense as far as how we think and how we act.
“We have more high-flying energy as far as getting to the ball, and we are trying to be more physical.”
With six days of practice behind them, the Mountaineers will have nine more remaining when they return from this week’s spring break.
The annual Gold-Blue intrasquad game, winding up spring drills, will be played Saturday, April 21. The kickoff time has yet to be set.
Jenkins is being groomed as a cornerback by assistant coach Daron Roberts.
“Coach Roberts is high energy,” Jenkins stated. “When something happens, he’s running to you and talking over everything with you. If you’re on first or second team defense, he’s running the field with you, and he’s hands on.”
Jenkins, who is expected to be used on special teams too, is competing for a starting job at cornerback in the new defense.
He was a standout at South Fort Myers High, was chosen Florida District 16 player of the year and made the Class 3A all-state third team.