Nick Jenkins Reacts, Looks Forward
Add Virginia’s football team to the latest in a cast of sports teams that considers the world against them.
“All of us have a chip on our shoulders,” nose tackle Nick Jenkins said. “Everybody in the whole football world [is against us]. They saw what happened.”
Asked whether he understood why fans would have a negative perception of the team, Jenkins declined comment.
The Cavaliers could use more performances like the one Jenkins delivered in Saturday's 26-14 loss to William & Mary. The starting nose tackle in Virginia’s 3-4 base defense blocked a field goal and registered five tackles.
The Cavaliers tallied only one sack, but that was more because the Tribe built its offense around quick passes to prevent Virginia from rushing the passer. The defense also was on the field for more than 35 minutes, partly because the Cavaliers' offense committed seven turnovers.
“We got to do whatever is called for – offense, defense, special teams,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins blocked a kick as a redshirt freshman last season. He said the key to blocking a kick from the inside position is the initial surge, and that he and Matt Conrath are big targets in the middle. However, Jenkins admitted blocking a field goal is not simply technique.
“It's just as much on the kicker,” Jenkins said, “if he’s kicking low.”
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