Jenkins is Point's numbers man
The No. 1 that Jared Jenkins wears on his UW-Stevens Point's football uniform is fitting.
Jenkins is one of the top, if not the top, athlete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The UW-Stevens Point senior is the top receiver in the WIAC with 48 catches for 596 yards and six touchdowns. He led the league last season with 80 receptions for 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Milwaukee Rufus King High graduate also ranks second to UW-Whitewater's Kris Rosholt in punting. Jenkins is averaging 41.7 yards on 22 punts.
His all-around play was on full display in last week's 31-17 victory over UW-La Crosse.
Jenkins caught seven passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
He also averaged 47.5 yards on four punts in the wind and rain. Three of the punts landed inside the La Crosse 10, with two of them downed at the 2-yard line.
Jenkins has been named All-WIAC the past two seasons in football.
The 6-4, 215-pound Jenkins also is one of the leaders of the UW-Stevens Point basketball team, which won the NCAA Division III national title last year with a 29-4 record. He averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, while leading the team with 43 steals and was second with 21 blocks.
When UW-Whitewater football coach Lance Leipold talked about controlling Jenkins on Saturday when the top-ranked Warhawks play the Pointers at Warhawk Stadium, he said he might cross the parking lot to visit basketball coach Pat Miller's office.
"We might have to play a box-and-one," Leipold said. "I might have to ask Pat Miller how to incorporate that."
Jenkins will be a test for the Warhawk pass defense. The Warhawks have the best pass defense in the league, giving up just 145 yards per game.
The Pointers have the sixth-ranked pass offense, averaging 184.7 yards.
While Janesville Parker High grad Matt McCulloch is the standout cornerback statistically for the Warhawks, Leipold said it would be tough to assign him one-on-one against Jenkins.
"They line him up in different spots," Leipold said. "We'll have to play excellent team defense."
Even if the Warhawks are able to control Jenkins, Leipold said the senior has proven he is a big-time player.
"He a talented young athlete," Leipold said. "He will play football again after this year. He's that type of player."