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In a boost to the Hurricanes' 2007 receiving corps, UM received official word today that receiver Darnell Jenkins has been awarded a medical redshirt year and thus will be a senior in 2007.
Jenkins played in three games last year before suffering a knee injury that he hoped would only cost him a few weeks. He was never able to come back, eventually undergoing surgery for a torn PCL.
Jenkins has never lived up to his billing as one of the nation's best talents coming out of Miami Central High School.
As a junior he played in 10 games, missing two with injury, and had 25 catches for 242 yards. The previous season he caught 21 balls for 230 yards.
He played as a true freshman in 2003, catching three passes for 20 yards. He was able to apply for the medical redshirt because he never redshirted at Miami.
He had 13 catches for 183 yards last year, showing some promise before going down with the injury.
He has also spent time as a returner at Miami and could return to those duties this season. Jenkins has returned 32 career kickoffs for an average of 17.8 yards and has taken back eight career punts for an average of 8.0 yards.
Jenkins is expected to battle for a first team role along with Lance Leggett and Sam Shields.