Jordan Jenkins makes quite a leap

Georgia outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins completely jumped over a tailback during a preseason scrimmage

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 27, 2013 

ATHENS - Jordan Jenkins made the most impressive leap by a Georgia football player since Knowshon Moreno. This one just won't get the same renown because it came in a preseason scrimmage in a near-empty Sanford Stadium.

That's why it took a few weeks for it to surface, but it finally did, with video evidence: Jenkins leaping right over freshman tailback Brendan Douglas, causing Christian LeMay to throw an interception to Amarlo Herrera. A video of the play was widely re-tweeted on Tuesday, including by former Georgia star Jarvis Jones.

Jenkins estimates he was about four or five feet in the air.

"My parents loved it when I showed it to them," Jenkins said. "It's a pretty good move. I'm not gonna jump all the time. But I'd rather jump over somebody trying to cut me rather than trying to play it, because it slows you down sometimes. And jumping over them you can just keep going with the rush."

Receiver Malcolm Mitchell said Jenkins is well-known around the team for his leaping ability.

"Have you ever see him jump?" Mitchell said. "He probably touched the back top of the square on a basketball goal."

Murray's new contacts

Starting quarterback Aaron Murray said he started wearing contacts last week, but only because he's had trouble seeing in class, and not on the football field.

So he has no plans to wear them in games.

"My eyes aren't that bad," Murray said. "It's just in class, if I'm sitting in the back, small words up on the screen give me a little trouble. Really my eyes are fine."

You can see safeties downfield, right?

"Yes, I can see safeties, and I can see color," Murray said, laughing and realizing that this was about to become a whole thing. "No excuses because of eyes, that's for sure. ... I see fine. It has not effected me at all in practice. No, not at all."

Injury updates

It looks like Corey Moore and Jonathan Rumph can be scratched from the plans for Georgia's season opener at Clemson. Moore, a junior safety, has a badly sprained knee, and Rumph, a receiver, has a hamstring.

"I don't think we'll have either one of those," head coach Mark Richt said prior to Tuesday's practice.

Rumph's absence would be mitigated by the depth Georgia has at receiver, and the fact he wasn't among the projected top six. But Moore had a chance to start at strong safety before his bruised knee derailed those plans.

The good news for Georgia is the secondary is rounding back into healthy shape, with freshman free safety Tray Matthews practicing without limitations for a second straight day.

"You've got guys that are going to end up playing safety for us, like Connor (Norman) and Tray, if he has no more setbacks," Richt said. "You have (Quincy) Mauger that will be able to play, and Shaquille Fluker has been practicing again, so I think those guys will be available. We'll figure out where we'll set them up when they snap the ball."

The time Matthews missed this preseason hurts, but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the fact Matthews went through all of spring practice was "a big help."

"He knows the terminology, he knows what to do, and it's a lot cleaner than if he had come through in July," Grantham said. "He's pretty much on top of everything, and it's a matter of going and playing."

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