Running back Daniel Jenkins staying put at Arizona

Running back Daniel Jenkins staying put at Arizona

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rizona running back Daniel Jenkins announced in January that he was transferring to Washington State.

jenkinsFour months later, he’s changed his mind and decided to stay put.

Jenkins graduated from Arizona in December and sat out of school this semester. He was expected to enroll at Washington State this summer, but that won’t happen now.

“It’s a long story,” said Jenkins with a chuckle, to the Tucson Citizen on Friday night.

Jenkins didn’t want to comment on the situation further, but said that Arizona planned to make him available to the media next week.

He probably wasn’t overly impressed by a Washington State rushing attack that netted minus-17 rushing yards in last month’s spring game. Even taking out the 79 yards lost by the quarterbacks, WSU’s running backs combined for just 62 yards on 18 carries.

Last season, Jenkins, a 5-foot-9, 196-pound senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., was the team’s third-leading rusher behind All-American Kadeem Carey and quarterback Matt Scott. He rushed 67 times for 293 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 30 yards.

Jenkins’ best game came in the 2012 regular-season finale at Arizona State. With Carey limited by a sore collarbone, he rushed 21 times for 78 yards.

“We feel he’s really a co-starter,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said earlier this week during an interview on 1280-AM radio in Salt Lake City. “He played quite a bit last season; he has a lot of experience. He’s a mature guy. We have a lot of confidence in Daniel Jenkins.”

Also the team’s primary kickoff returner, Jenkins gained 329 yards on 16 attempts, an average of 20.6 yards per return.

For his career, Jenkins has 885 all purpose yards and seven touchdowns.

Photo credit: AP

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