Coach Brian Jenkins Leaving UL

Running Backs coach Brian Jenkins takes a job at Rugters, leaves Lafayette

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:06pm

The Ragin Cajuns football team knew they'd have to replace some key pieces from last year's puzzle during spring practice.

They didn't know one of those pieces was running backs coach Brian Jenkins.

Jenkins told the team after practice today that today's first spring practice was his last day as a Cajun. Jenkins has taken the wide receivers coaching job at Rutgers University. He leaves at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

Jenkins joined the football staff in 2002 and spent 8 years at UL. He helped develop the Cajuns into one of the most dynamic offensive attacks in America. Jenkins helped Tyrell Fenroy become one of the Doak Walker Award finalists in 2008, given to the nation's top-running back.

UL rushed for 11,000 yards in the past four seasons under Jenkins, including 3,164 in 2008.

Jenkins also served as the UL Special Teams Coordinator. In 2007 the Cajuns' kickoff coverage defense ranked 20th in the nation. The Cajun punt unit ranked 27th nationally in 2005. Last season, UL averaged 19.8 yards per kick return and scored one touchdown.

Jenkins now leaves Lafayette and UL behind as he heads to New Jersey. Jenkins says that this is the perfect opportunity for his family.