PRO: Mike Jenkins enters his fifth pro season, starting the previous three at right cornerback, after earning the job with his play early in the 2009 season. One-of-two first round draft picks (25th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Jenkins was eased into the lineup during his rookie season due to injuries to Terence Newman and the mid-season suspension of Adam Jones. In 2009 he was given the opportunity to claim a starting spot in the Dallas defense after Anthony Henry was traded to Detroit for Jon Kitna, and he responded by leading the team in both interceptions (five) and pass breakups (23) along with a career-best 60 tackles en route to being named to his first career Pro Bowl. In 2011 Jenkins tied for the team-high with 10 pass breakups while picking off one pass and adding 22 tackles.
4/26/08: Drafted in the first round (25th overall) by Dallas.
• Started 12 games, battling multiple injuries throughout the season, and finished with 22 tackles, a team-high tying 10 pass deflections and one interception.
• Was limited with a neck injury in the opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) then suffered a shoulder injury during the game, played through it and recorded three tackles and two pass deflections.
• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), had one tackle.
• Had four tackles and a pair of pass breakups in the home-opening win over Washington (9/26).
• Had three stops at New England (10/16).
• Picked off his first pass of the season that led to a 30-yard field goal to go with four tackles and a pair of breakups in the home win over St. Louis (10/23).
• Had a tackle before a hamstring injury sidelined him the third quarter at Philadelphia (10/30).
• Missed four games with the hamstring injury and returned to the field at Arizona (12/4) to make one stop.
• Fought through a shoulder injury against the N.Y. Giants (12/11) and broke up three passes.
• Started all 16 games, leading the team with 15 pass breakups while also logging 59 tackles (seventh on the team), one interception and a forced fumble.
• Opened the season with a season-high three pass breakups and two tackles at Washington (9/12).
• Recorded the team’s first takeaway of the season with an interception off of Matt Schaub at Houston (9/26). Also added two tackles and a pass breakup in the contest and helped limit Andre Johnson to four catches for 64 yards.
• At Green Bay (11/7) notched a season-high seven tackles.
• At the N.Y. Giants (11/14) recorded five tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble before leaving the game in the second quarter with a neck injury.
• Tied his season-best with seven tackles in the overtime win at Indianapolis (12/5) while also adding two pass breakups, including one that led to Sean Lee’s interception of Peyton Manning in overtime.
• At Arizona (12/25) recorded two tackles and two pass breakups as the defense held the Cardinals to just two-of-11 (18.2%) on third downs.
• Named the starting right cornerback heading into Week 4 after a training camp battle with Orlando Scandrick. Started 15-of-16 games, as well as the team’s two playoff games while earning his first career Pro Bowl berth as an injury replacement for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.
• Led the team with career-highs in interceptions (five) and pass breakups (23) while also posting a career-best 60 tackles - good for 10th on the club.
• Tied for eighth in the NFC and tied for 12th in the NFL with five picks.
• Started at right cornerback in the season opener at Tampa Bay (9/13) and had six tackles and one pass breakup. Also recovered a blocked punt by Gerald Sensabaugh, which he returned 17 yards to setup a Dallas field goal.
• Played in the secondary rotation and posted three tackles and a pass breakup against the N.Y. Giants (9/20).
• Recorded the first interception of the season and second of his career as the starting right corner against Carolina (9/28). Also added five tackles, one pass breakup and his first career tackle for loss.
• Was named the starting right cornerback in the week leading up to the game at Denver (10/4) and recorded five tackles and one pass breakup.
• Finished with a season-high seven tackles, one pass breakup and his second interception of the season against Atlanta (10/25).
• Picked off his third pass of the season at Philadelphia (11/8) along with three tackles and two pass breakups.
• Suffered a left forearm bruise midway through the third quarter at Green Bay (11/15) and returned late in the fourth quarter only to re-injure it and not return. Posted four tackles before leaving the game.
• Added his team-leading fourth interception of the season at the N.Y. Giants (12/6) along with three tackles and two pass breakups.
• Recorded his fifth interception of the season at New Orleans (12/19) while adding six tackles and two pass breakups as the defense held the Saints to just one-of-seven on third down.
• In the playoff-clinching win at Washington (12/27), finished with three tackles and one pass breakup as the defense forced a shutout for the first time since a 27-0 win at Washington (12/14/03).
• Had one tackle and three pass breakups as the defense shutout the Eagles (1/3/10) to force back-to-back shutouts for the first time in team history.
• Made his postseason debut against Philadelphia (1/9/10) in the Wild Card Game and led the team with four pass breakups and recorded one tackle and an interception.
• In the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10) had one tackle and two pass breakups.
• As a rookie, played in 14 games with three starts to record 22 tackles, an interception that he returned for a touchdown and six pass breakups.
• Made his NFL debut at Cleveland (9/7) in the nickel and dime packages but did not record any statistics.
• Notched his first career tackle and pass breakup against Philadelphia (9/15).
• Made his first career start for an injured Newman (abdomen) at St. Louis (10/19) to the tune of four tackles and a pass breakup.
• Recorded a season-high seven tackles along with a pass defensed in his second start of the season against Tampa Bay (10/26).
• In his third start of the season, at the N.Y. Giants (11/2), intercepted his first career pass which he returned 23 yards for a touchdown to mark the first defensive score of the season and the first Dallas rookie to return an interception for a touchdown since Roy Williams had two in 2002. Also added four tackles and a pass breakup.
• Was inactive against Seattle (11/27) and at Pittsburgh (12/7) with a hamstring injury.
• Returned to action against the N.Y. Giants (12/14) but did not record any stats.
• Started 40 of the 48 games he played at South Florida and racked up 133 tackles with six for losses, five forced fumbles and 47 pass breakups with six interceptions.
• Left USF atop the record books with 47 career passes defensed and seventh with six interceptions.
• At the end of his collegiate career, burst onto the scene as a dangerous kickoff return man, taking the first kickoff of his senior year 100 yards for a touchdown to set a school mark.
• Was a finalist for the Thorpe Award as a senior, finishing with career-highs in tackles (41), interceptions (three) and tackles for losses (four) to go along with 12 pass breakups while starting in 13 games.
• Started 12 of the 13 games he played as a junior, missing a start in the bowl game, and led the team with a career-high 15 pass breakups along with 27 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
• As a sophomore, started all 12 games at right cornerback and had 38 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups.
• Played in 10-of-11 games with three starts at left cornerback as a freshman, finishing with 27 tackles, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
• Earned SuperPrep All-America honors as a senior safety at Bradenton, Fla., Southeast High School.
• In 2002 named first-team Class 3A all-state and selected by the Sarasota Herald Tribune as its Defensive Player of the Year after recording 42 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two blocked punts and two blocked field goals.
• Also played running back and led the team with 859 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2002.
• Born in Newenburg, Germany.
• Has a son, Mekhi.
• 2008 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
• 2009-10 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2011 Served an early Thanksgiving meal at The Salvation Army.
• Annual team holiday hospital visits.
• Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.