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Iowa Football’s Jeff Jenkins to Retire

Iowa’s offensive line reserves thin out

NCAA Football: Middle Tennessee at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

A player in the Iowa football program Tweeted a thing yesterday, which generally means that player is no longer in the Iowa football program:

That’s redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins, who served as the No. 2 center for much of the 2019 season, and was projected to land at the same spot in 2020.

The 6-3, 266 center came from the Chicagoland area, and was a three-star recruit out of Prairie Ridge high school. While he’s retiring from football, he plans to stick around in Iowa City.

Jenkins saw spot mop-up duty in 2019 at center, and was going to have a tough time moving up the depth chart given 1, his obvious size deficiencies at just 266 lbs, and 2, the fact Tyler Linderbaum’s name is emblazoned on the two-deeps.

It’s possible Jenkins could’ve competed at guard, but he still would’ve been looking at a group that includes Cole Banwart, Justin Britt and Kyler Schott. If anything were to happen to Linderbaum at center, the odd man out of the above trio would likely slide in there.

So best of luck to Jeff Jenkins as he begins life as a civilian in Iowa City. It’s a good life, as you all know.