JSU OVC Champs

Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins celebrates a three peat, winning the OVC championship after the UTM at JSU football game. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins.

Jenkins announced Saturday the free agent signing through his Twitter account. It isn't unusual for NFL teams to sign several free agents after the finish of the seven-round draft, which ended Saturday.

Jenkins, a four-year starter at JSU, will join former Gamecocks defensive end Chris Landrum, who signed with the Chargers in May 2016. Landrum originally signed with the Chargers as a free agent.

Jenkins earned All-America honors in three seasons as JSU's quarterback, including first-team honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He never started a game in which his team lost a regular-season contest to a non-FBS opponent and was 25-0 in his career as the starting quarterback in OVC games. He guided JSU to three straight league championships and an unprecedented three straight perfect seasons in conference play.

As a senior last season, Jenkins became the first player since Tony Romo in 2002 to claim back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards. He also became the OVC's first three-time first-team all-conference quarterback since Romo did it from 2000-02.

Jenkins exited as the program's career leader in total offense with 11,448 yards, the second-most in OVC history. His 3,796 career rushing yards are second in school history and the seventh-most by a quarterback in FCS history. In 2016, he was second in the OVC with 984 rushing yards, while also ranking second in total offense with over 257 yards per game.

He was deemed the 2015 OVC Male Athlete of the Year, making him the first player in JSU history to win the award. The Gamecocks advance to the NCAA Division I Championship Game that season, becoming the first OVC team to play for the national title since 1982.

 

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