|8 Jacobi Jenkins|
Twenty Players Recognized After ECU Earns Bowl Bid, Posts Second-Highest Win Total Since 1992
Kickoff Set for 2:00 p.m. Against Marshall At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Kickoff Set For 3:30 p.m. (EST) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Kickoff Set For Noon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Watch interviews with Leonard Paulk, Jacobi Jenkins and Damon Magazu following ECU's final practice of the spring.
East Carolina vs. South Carolina (9/8/12)
Poised to take over leadership of the field cornerback position as a senior after patiently waiting for full-time opportunity ... Battled junior college transfer Adonis Armstrong during the spring, but versatility could also allow move to a top boundary slot if necessary ... A converted wide receiver who has quickly developed into one of the program's top pass defenders over the past two seasons since move to secondary ... Possesses plenty of speed and physicality, along with a mature team-first mentality, which allowed for a smooth transition from offense to defense during second year on the active roster and continued stellar contributions to special teams play ... Booked three tackles in the spring's first scrimmage (March 31) before adding a pair of stops in the second contest on April 7 and a single hit during the Purple-Gold Game a week later ... An "elite" performer in ECU's strength and conditioning program with a power clean of 289 pounds, a jerk of 1,085 watts and vertical leap of 34" and broad jump of 10'2 ... Also turned in one of the unit's top long shuttle and three-cone drill times of 11.3 and 6.85, respectively.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Served as a reliable reserve in the secondary as well as one of the team's standouts on special teams ... Experienced action in all 12 games and started the contest at Houston in place of an injured Derek Blacknall ... Recorded 15 tackles with one solo hit against UAB, North Carolina and Houston ... Added a team third-best four pass breakups ... In C-USA action, booked 10 of season's 15 stops and a squad second-best three pass breakups ... Finished the campaign ranked fourth with four special teams' tackles, three on kickoff returns and one on a punt runback ... Tallied final two stops of the year on kickoff returns against UCF, knocking down Rannell Hall on the game's opening play and again following a third-quarter runback ... Credited with season's lone punt return hit against Southern Miss, tackling Tracey Lampley following an eight-yard return in the final frame ... Registered final pass breakup of the year during the fourth quarter at Memphis, knocking the ball away from Curtis Johnson ... Made first start of the season at Houston and booked a trio of stops ... Recorded a season-high tying four tackles against North Carolina and UAB ... Added a pass breakup in the third quarter against the Tar Heels ... Booked a career-best two pass breakups versus the Blazers ... Registered two hits and a PB during the Blazers' final drive of the game, helping to preserve the ECU victory.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Validated move to the secondary with a strong performance as the top backup to All-Conference USA performer Travis Simmons ... Played in all 13 games and received the starting nod three times (Navy, UAB, Rice) ... Booked 30 tackles (20 solo) and a pair of pass breakups ... In addition to secondary role, served as a member of the special teams, making four tackles, two on kickoffs and two on punt returns ... Booked 19 stops on pass plays and seven on rushes ... Set career high with nine stops at UAB, including five in the fourth quarter after not making more than three in a game previously ... Included in nine hits were six solos, also a personal best ... Registered multiple-tackle efforts in eight contests ... Made first career start against Navy, replacing an injured Simmons, and booked a tackle and pass breakup in the opening quarter ... Recorded three of season second-best five tackles at Rice in the opening quarter ... Tallied two solo hits, both while playing in the secondary, against N.C. State ... Credited with first pass breakup during the second quarter at Southern Miss and second versus Navy in the opening frame ... Made two solo hits against North Carolina and entered game with one in career ... Earned first extensive playing time in the secondary against the Tar Heels.
2009 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Appeared in 11 games, making two receptions in a reserve wide receiver role ... Made first career catch for six yards in the fourth quarter against Rice ... Other grab was also for six yards, versus Virginia Tech in the third quarter ... Registered only tackle on special teams against Houston in the Conference USA Championship game during a first-quarter punt return.
2008: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A multi-dimensional standout who played three different positions and handled additional special teams work for coach B.W. Holt at Rocky Mount High School ... In addition to wide receiver, also played defensive back, wingback and returned kicks for the Gryphons ... A four-year letterman and two-time all-state selection ... Was a primary contributor for a RMHS program that rolled to a combined 47-6 record in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ... Completed career with 17 interceptions and 10 blocked kicks ... Earned all-state honors as a sophomore with nine interceptions before following with four each as a junior and senior .... Posted 47 stops, recorded touchdown returns on a pair of interceptions and averaged 27.9 yards per reception (15) on offense during senior campaign ... Netted 46 tackles on defense and tallied 10 catches for 176 yards and a TD as a junior ... Was also a noted track athlete at Rocky Mount, competing in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 300-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay and the 4x400 relay events ... Turned in a state runner-up finish in the 110-meter high hurdles and a fifth-place standing in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior ... Also qualified for state competition in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... Registered personal-best times of 14.4 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 10.5 in the 100-meter dash ... Ranked among nation's top wide receivers by scout.com ... Also recruited by North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Personal: Full name is Byron Jacobi Jenkins ... Prefers to go by nickname of Cobi ... Born December 17, 1988 at Rocky Mount, N.C. ... Son of Carl and Erma Jenkins ... Earned a bachelor's degree in communications during spring commencement exercises (May, 2012) ... Currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree as a family community services major ... Member of ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for classroom work during the spring and fall semesters of 2011 ... Older brother Marcus, who is listed as the person most influential on his career, played collegiate football at Norfolk State and Shaw.