2 Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State
usaUnited States
Piscataway, NJ
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Post-OSU Update: Malcolm Jenkins was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Jenkins had a very successful NFL career, starting off with a Super Bowl win in his rookie season with the Saints. Jenkins played 199 games, made three Pro Bowls, and compiled 1,044 tackles, 21 interceptions, and forcing 20 fumbles. After football, Jenkins focuses on being a father, podcasting, and working on his charity that promotes financial freedom. (updated: Jun. 2023)

Major: Communications (2006-08)

Weight: 201 (2008), 202 (2006-07), 180 (2005)

2008 Media Guide: Fourth year as a starter in 2008 … the leading contender for the Thorpe Award … first-team all-Big Ten as a sophomore and junior … usually plays on the wide side of the field but often moves around the field to cover the opponent’s best receiver … is a natural corner with great instincts and outstanding speed and quickness … excels at man-to-man coverage … has been timed at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.

2007: First Team All-America (Pro Football Weekly) … Second team All-America (Walter Camp, AP, Rivals) … first team all-Big Ten (media, coaches, Rivals) … Thorpe Award semifinalist … 47 tackles for season … 26 career starts … interception and eight tackles at Washington … nine tackles in victory at Purdue … eight tackles, two TFL in Michigan State win … 24-yard interception in the win at Penn State … 23-yard interception of LSU in the BCS championship game … defensive player of week: Michigan State … special teams dog tags: Michigan State … Arnie Chonko award for outstanding defensive back
… third-year letterman.

2007 Media Guide: Third-year starter and a potential Thorpe Award candidate … first-team All-Big Ten last year by the coaches and media … usually plays on the wide side of the field but often moves around the field to cover the opponent’s best receiver.

2006: Consensus first-team All-Big Ten … started all 13 games at field corner … tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 55 … 40 of his tackles were solo, second-most on the team … picked off four passes and totaled a team-high 99 return yards … added three passes broken up and a forced fumble … had 4.5 tackles for lost yardage, those coming at Texas, at Illinois and against Florida … equaled his career-high with nine tackles against Bowling Green … other top tackle efforts came against Northwestern (eight) and Michigan (seven, all solo) … returned a pick 61 yards for a score against Penn State.

2006 Media Guide: Expected to step in at boundary corner in place of last year’s graduated starter Tyler Everett … lettered last year as a true freshman and was one of the most pleasant surprises of the season … played in 10 games last year and finished the season with 37 tackles and is the Buckeyes’ leading returning tackler … also had two passes broken-up … began last season as the nickel back, but started three games at boundary corner after Everett suffered a neck injury … missed the final two games of the regular season with an injury of his own (knee sprain), but returned to action against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and had a career-high nine tackles … is a natural corner with great instincts and outstanding speed and quickness … excels at man-to-man coverage … has been timed at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.

2005: Earned his first letter as a true freshman … worked his way into the rotation at nickel back … started the Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois games at boundary corner in the place of injured Tyler Everett … made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Miami (Ohio) and had three tackles … had seven stops at Minnesota, including four solo tackles … six solos and three assists against Notre Dame.

High School: Rated the No. 28 safety in the country by Scout.com … excels at man-to-man coverage and was rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks his senior year … led his high school team to the state championship as a junior and senior … all-state defensive back as a senior … totaled more than 300 yards receiving and scored seven touchdowns on offense as a senior … has been timed at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash … had 65 tackles, eight interceptions and four pass break-ups as a junior and also 178 yards receiving … recent Buckeyes from New Jersey include David Thompson (1999-02) and Drew Elford (1996-99) … also a track and field standout, winning the state title in the 400-meter dash and placing third in the 200-meter dash as a junior … played for Daniel Higgins.

Personal: Is the son of W. Lee and Gwendolyn Jenkins … has two younger brothers, Martin and Myles … enjoys writing poetry and watching movies … wants to be in contention for the Thorpe Award this year (2006) because it means he will be helping the Buckeyes win … would read the Bible if he had a spare hour … favorite musical artist is Tye Tribbett … favorite former Buckeye is Troy Smith … a leader in the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.


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