One of Miami’s most-experienced defensive backs will miss the 2014 season.
Miami confirmed Thursday when its first fall depth chart was released that junior safety Rayshawn Jenkins was out for the season. The school did not offer specifics, but Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald is reporting that Jenkins will have back surgery on Monday.
Navarro wrote that Jenkins, who last participated in practice on Monday, “injured his back lifting weights and was trying to play through the pain.” Following surgery, recovery “is expected to take at least six months.”
“It’s been unfortunate,” said head coach Al Golden. “It’s just a chronic thing that they want to fix.”
Jenkins took to social media Wednesday night to announce that he would not be playing this season. Per the Palm Beach Post, Jenkins wrote on Facebook:
“Will not be playing this season but I wish my boys the best. I would do anything to be out there with them but everything happens for a reason.”
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Jenkins, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native, played in all 13 games for the Hurricanes last season and started 12. He was fourth on the team with 46 total tackles and was second on the team with three interceptions. In 2012 as a true freshman, Jenkins, a former three-star recruit, played in 10 games and also made two starts. He finished the season with 27 total tackles and one interception.
Fortunately for Jenkins, he still has his redshirt season available. He’ll use that in 2014 and come back with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
With Jenkins out, redshirt junior Dallas Crawford is listed at the top of the depth chart at free safety. Miami’s season opens up on the road against Louisville on September 1.
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