CB Eric Jenkins Named C-USA Defensive Player Of The Week
Jenkins Forced Three Turnovers In North Texas' Win At Army
IRVING – North Texas junior cornerback Eric Jenkins earned Defensive Player of the Week honors following his standout performance in the Mean Green’s win at Army this past week, Conference USA announced Monday. Jenkins had a hand in three of the seven turnovers forced by the Mean Green defense in the 35-18 victory. North Texas has now won two straight and three of its last four to improve to 4-3 for the first time since the 2013 season. C-USA Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league’s media members.
The recognition for Jenkins is the first of his career, and he becomes the second Mean Green defender this season to garner Defensive Player of the Week honors, after junior safety Kishawn McClain (Rosenberg, Texas) did so in Week 4. Freshman wide receiver Tyler Wilson (Arlington) was also honored in Week 4 as the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Jenkins, a New Orleans native, made plays all over the field on Saturday for the Mean Green in their 35-18 win at Army, posting a pair of interceptions, one of which was brought back for a touchdown, breaking up two more passes and also forcing a fumble. The Mean Green recorded seven turnovers for the first time since October 20, 2007 at Troy, and Jenkins was part of three of them. He also had another would-be forced fumble and subsequent recovery overturned on an official review. Jenkins took advantage of an overthrow by Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, which marked his second pick six in his last two quarters after doing the same in the fourth quarter vs. Marshall on Oct. 8. The LA Valley College transfer forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter that was recovered by North Texas and then Jenkins then made a highlight-reel diving interception off of a tip in the end zone on the next Army possession.
Offensive Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Mike White, QB, WKU; Sept. 12 – Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 19 – I’Tavius Mathers, RB, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 26 - I’Tavius Mathers, RB, Middle Tennessee; Oct. 3 – Allenzae Staggers, KR, Southern Miss; Oct. 10 – Hasaan Klugh, QB, Charlotte and Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech; Oct. 17 - Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech; Oct. 24 – I’Tavious Mathers, RB, Middle Tennessee.
Defensive Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 12 – Anthony Wilson, LB, Old Dominion; Sept. 19 – Shaquille Huff, DT, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 26 – Kishawn McClain, S, North Texas; Oct. 3 – Anthony Wint, LB, FIU; Oct. 10 – Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA; Oct. 17 - Anthony Wint, LB, FIU; Oct. 24 –Eric Jenkins, CB, North Texas.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Parker Shaunfield, K, Southern Miss; Sept. 12 – Allenzae Staggers, KR, Southern Miss; Sept. 19 – Nacarius Fant, KR/PR, WKU; Sept. 26 – Tyler Wilson, KR, North Texas; Oct. 3 – Nacarius Fant, KR/PR, WKU; Oct. 10 – Jonathan Barnes, K, Louisiana Tech; Oct. 17 – Skyler Simcox, K, WKU; Oct. 24 – Canon Rooker, K, Middle Tennessee.