#21 Jeff Jennings Season 2006-07
SINGLE-GAME RUSHING HIGHS
RUSH ATTEMPTS: 24, vs. Ole Miss, 9/17/2005
RUSH YARDS: 103, vs. Ole Miss, 9/17/2005
RUSH TOUCHDOWNS: 3, vs. Ole Miss, 9/17/2005
SINGLE-GAME RECEIVING HIGHS
RECEPTIONS: 6, vs. Richmond, 9/24/2005
Returned to action after missing the entire 2006 campaign rehabbing a knee injury… Played in 10 games, missing encounters with Ole Miss and Eastern Michigan… Proved a punishing chainmover as rusher in typical one-back set… Shared role with frequent starter Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared Hawkins… Earned starting assignments – in win at South Carolina and against Alabama… Finished season with 346 rushing yards on 96 carries – both totals rank second among [apos]Dore rushers… Returned to action with a 67-yard, 2-TD effort in win over Richmond… Had season-high 70 rushing yards vs. Kentucky… Scored opening TD in win over Miami (Ohio)… Caught first two TD passes of career… Scored the Commodores[apos] last TD at Tennessee with a 19-yard reception from Mackenzi Adams… Tops all returning Commodores with 14 career rushing TDs and 16 career total TDs.
Did not play, redshirted due to knee injury from previous season.
Started first 10 games of season at tailback before suffering knee injury versus Kentucky that prematurely ended campaign… Shared rushing workload at tailback with fellow junior Cassen Jackson-Garrison… Concluded season as team[apos]s second leading rusher with 448 yards… Season rushing total marks career best… A punishing runner (3.6 yards per carry) who was best in short yardage situations, rushed for seven touchdowns… Set career highs in rushing attempts (24) and rushing yards (103) in outstanding performance against Ole Miss, helping Commodores to league victory… Also rushed for a team-high three TDs against Rebels, sharing Offensive Player of the Week honors with tackle Chris Williams… In season opener at Wake Forest, rushed for two scores, including the game winner with 1:48 left… Was team[apos]s leading rusher against Georgia (84 yards) and Florida (50 yards)… Career long rush of 21 yards came at Florida… Showed excellent ability as receiver out of backfield, ranking fourth among Commodores with 21 catches, good for 156 yards and a touchdown… Caught six passes in win over Richmond and four in loss to Kentucky.
Played in 10 of the Commodores[apos] 11 games, missing only the season opener versus South Carolina… First and only collegiate start came at Georgia… Ended season with 135 rushing yards on 46 carries… Five rushing touchdowns topped all Commodore running backs, and ranked second on team to QB Jay Cutler… Had seven carries for 27 yards in first substantial playing time at Navy… Rushed for 33 yards in win over Mississippi State… Scored first collegiate TD from nine yards versus Rutgers… In season finale versus Tennessee, scored two TDs and rushed for career high of 35 yards to lead strong Commodore comeback.
Three-year, two-way starter… Team captain as senior… Earned Associated Press All-State status as linebacker and running back… Tennessee Mr. Football 5A finalist as Offensive Back in 2003… Named All-East Tennessee and Lakeway Region Offensive Player of the Year as a senior… Three-time All-Region selection… In 2003, ran for 1,456 yards, averaging 9.3 yards a carry, and 17 TDs for 10-2 squad that went to second round of playoffs… Also caught eight passes, including a TD reception, out of the backfield… As linebacker, contributed 62 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception… Rushed for 973 yards and 18 TDs as a junior, and more than 800 yards as a sophomore… Three-year varsity starter in basketball… Earned track & field letters.
Jennings is working toward a degree in Human and Organizational Development.
Jeffery Lynn Jennings Jr… Son of Jeff and Mattie Jennings… Born Sept. 5, 1985 in Johnson City, Tenn… Younger brother, Jordan, is an excellent junior golfer… Dad is a technical operator for Lear Corp.