Bulldogs defensive lineman expected to return

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While several Georgia players mull whether they should return or enter the NFL Draft, the Bulldogs can expect 6-foot-3, 351-pound junior defensive lineman John Jenkins to come back for 2012, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones said.

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) gets the ball out as Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins (6) brings him down during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 3.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) gets the ball out as Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins (6) brings him down during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 3.

Jenkins has asked the NFL Draft advisory board for an evaluation and said Wednesday he was considering entering the draft. But Jones, who is Jenkins’ roommate, told reporters Thursday after a bowl-sponsored luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center that Jenkins plans to return.

“He’s definitely coming back,” Jones said. “He’s still got a lot of room to improve. He sees that, so I don’t know if he’s told anybody – I shouldn’t be telling anybody – but he’s coming back.”

Jenkins, who was not available to the media on Thursday, has three sacks, 14 tackles and six tackles for a loss this season.

SOUTH CAROLINA: As defensive end Melvin Ingram piled up honor after honor last month, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tried to deflect some of that spotlight.

“It’s a tribute to (defensive line coach) Brad Lawing,” Spurrier said. “Somebody needs to give Brad Lawing a little pat on the back, coaching the defensive line this year.”

Spurrier did that when he nominated Lawing for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. (The award, which usually goes to an offensive or defensive coordinator, was won this year by Louisiana State University defensive coordinator John Chavis.)

The honor is more a reflection on South Carolina’s defensive linemen than on their coach, Lawing said.

FLORIDA STATE: The school is extending coach Jimbo Fisher’s contract through the 2016 season.

The school announced the one-year extension to Fisher’s current contract before the kickoff of Thursday’s Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame. Fisher signed a five-year, $13.75 million contract in February after going 10-4 during the 2010 season, his first as head coach.

Florida State finished the season 9-4 after the victory over Notre Dame.

It was Fisher’s his second season after taking over for longtime Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden.

Officials say Fisher’s annual salary won’t change under the new one-year extension.


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