Key Gators player heading to the NFL

Florida Gators safety Matt Elam, tight end Jordan Reed and defensive tackle Shariff Floyd have all declared for the NFL Draft already and on Monday another player declared.

According to sources, redshirt junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins has declared for the NFL Draft and will forgo his senior season.

The 6-foot, 237-pound Jenkins has been injured for much of his junior campaign with a thumb injury and a then suffered a foot injury during the Florida State game that forced him to miss the Sugar Bowl.

During the 2012 season, Jenkins had 29 tackles, two sacks and one interception in just nine games of action.

With Jenkins gone and middle linebacker Jon Bostic graduating, Florida will be forced to start to new linebackers next year with freshman Antonio Morrison starting at one of those spots.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.