Senior Oregon State RB Jordan Jenkins is ready to take his last shot at being the starter this fall.
Jenkins worked his way up the depth chart from walk-on, scholarship player, onto special teams and as the back on passing downs last season.
A shoulder injury, surgery and lengthy rehab before last season slowed his progress and never let him be a candidate as the primary ball carrier.
“In my head, that’s what I want,” Jenkins said of being the starter. “I play running back so I want to run the ball. At the same time I’m finding my role and competing.”
He’s healed now and in the best shape of his life. Jenkins put on 10 pounds and is eager to run the ball.
“The thing about missing the spring and the beginning of fall camp (last year), reps are so vital,” Jenkins said. “Being out here in the spring I can feel that everything is healed and I’m not worried about anything.”
Jenkins hopes that added weight helps him be a more aggressive pass blocker and someone who can run between tackles.
“I have a little more strength and hope to be stronger up the middle,” Jenkins said. “Last year I was as light as I’ve ever been. I was trying to maintain the speed. Being bigger, and by fall camp be even bigger, will help.”