In the Jacksonville State football game notes, a list — 14 bullet points long (but could be longer if past weekly honors were added) — takes up nearly two inches of space in the players section.
It’s a list of Eli Jenkins’ achievements during his playing career as a Gamecock.
Words such as “All-American,” “FCS Quarterback of the Year,” “OVC Male Athlete of the Year,” and “OVC Player of the Year” jump out on first glance, but a closer look throughout the 64 pages — held together by a single stable — show why those words are printed on the page.
For starters, Jenkins, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback out of Parker High, is the first player in Jacksonville State history with over 8,000 yards of total offense in a career.
Heading into this weekend’s game at Liberty, he’s 623 yards away from the 10,000-yard mark.
*turns two pages*
In bold, italic letters, Eli Jenkins, is slated underneath Troymaine Pope in the fifth spot on JSU’s career rushing touchdown list. With four more scores on the ground, he’ll pass the Anniston High product for fourth place.
Here’s a new one …
Jenkins (3,106) is 1,131 rushing yards away from Boyce Callahan’s school record (4,237) for career rushing yards. He had 1,161 last season, so there’s an outside shot of that.
*turns another page*
Ed Lett is JSU’s leader in career passing yards (7,145), but Jenkins is 874 yards back thus making this record possible before senior day.
Through three games this season, Jenkins has 1,020 yards of total offense, which is good because he’s 1,125 away from second place on the OVC career total offensive yards list.
Sooo … anyone want to argue Eli Jenkins, when this season is over, isn’t the best athlete to ever wear the Jacksonville State red-and-white?
Contact Anniston Star Sports Correspondent Chris Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChrisBrown_AL.