Jenkins moving to LB for Warriors' loaded 'D'
It's a tall task to achieve, but Jack Jenkins believes Weddington High's defense has a chance to be better than last season.
Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound rising senior, is one of six returning starters to a defense that allowed a Union County-low 9.4 points per game last year.
The Warriors had four shutouts in 2013 and held seven of their 14 opponents to seven point or less.
"I think that we have an opportunity to be just as good as last year, maybe better," said Jenkins. "We lost two good linebackers with Jack (Ryan) and Evan (Lloyd), but we'll make up for it. We've got a lot of guys who can play on the D-line and at linebacker, so we have a lot more depth this season."
Four of the Warriors' six returning defenders made all-Southern Carolina Conference a year ago, including Jenkins, junior linebacker Myles Moore, junior end Lance Moore and senior defensive back Chris Trevisan.
WHS also brings back sophomore tackle Jake Donofrio and senior safety Mitchel Carson.
Jenkins is moving to linebacker, helping bolster a core that's been without Myles Moore this summer.
A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Moore tore his ACL early in the offseason; he registered 105 tackles and three interceptions last year.
"Myles is way ahead of schedule, so I think he's hoping to come back by the third game," said Jenkins. "He's definitely working hard to get back as soon as possible."
The move to linebacker suits Jenkins just fine.
"My coaches know I'm trying to play football in college and I'm getting recruited as a linebacker," he said. "Right now I'm playing the mike (middle LB), but when Myles comes back I'm thinking they'll move us around so we'll both be standing up."
Lance Moore (6-1, 210) had a team-best 11 sacks a year ago, while Trevisan had three interceptions.
According to Jenkins, Trevisan (6-2, 175) has an offer from Butler University, a Division I-AA program based out of Indiana.
"Our defense is good across the board," said Jenkins. "We definitely have a good secondary with Chris and Mitchel back there and we have strong, physical D-lineman that are all quick. None of us are lazy and we can all play multiple positions."
The Warriors set a school record with 11 wins last season and were co-champions of the Southern Carolina Conference with Sun Valley.
Jenkins believes the Warriors can have another standout campaign in 2014. They open the regular season at Ardrey Kell on Aug. 22.
"I'm sure it will be a challenge just like it was last season," said Jenkins of playing in the SCC. "There's a lot of teams with good talent so I think it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
"I like our chances, though. We've got the best coach around, the most physical players and we work hard."