GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In a bit of an unexpected move, Florida junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the university announced Monday afternoon.
"Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," coach Will Muschamp said in a university release. "We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."
Jenkins was injured for much of his junior season, missing time with a broken right thumb early in the year, then more time with a hamstring injury midway through the year before suffering a broken foot against Florida State.
He did not play in the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl.
During the 2012 season, Jenkins racked up 29 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception.
In his career at Florida, he recorded 182 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also defended seven passes.
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