Life comes at you fast, as they say, and that’s something Oklahoma State lineman Teven Jenkins just recently found out.
Jenkins is a redshirt freshman, mind you, so it’s not like he has a ton of experience at the college level. With that said, to be a D-1 college football player you’ve got to have enough experience to earn a scholarship, and certainly enough experience to know that the guys wearing the same jersey as you are actually on your team.
Apparently, that was a lesson Jenkins didn’t learn in his all-important redshirt year. Either that or he really got turned around by No. 16 TCU’s pass rush — which frankly seems like the more realistic scenario here.
Jenkins was beaten pretty badly by an inside swim move. In the process of trying to recover and hopefully, give quarterback Mason Rudolph some space to move up in the pocket, Jenkins completely turned around and tried to work back towards the pass rusher.
At that exact moment, though, Rudolph stepped up, which led to a collision between him and his young offensive lineman.
Perhaps acting on instinct at that point, Jenkins wrapped up his quarterback and took him to the ground.
This is a play that won’t be going on Jenkins’ highlight reel anytime soon, but the good news is that as an offensive lineman, it will never really ever get worse than this.
That is unless he tackles Rudolph again.
The misstep certainly didn’t help Oklahoma State, which lost to TCU Saturday, 44-31