The Road Back

  • By Alyssa Casalino
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  • July 04, 2012 01:39 PM
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Every year, the West Virginia football team culminates its spring season with their annual Gold-Blue Game. The Mountaineers suit up and play each other, offense versus the defense. It is meant to show the fans what the team has been working on and to get the Mountaineers together for a fun day of activities.

When the spring game took place in April of 2011, Josh Jenkins didn’t have as much fun as everyone else.

You see, the starting left guard at the time, exited the game with a sprained MCL. He was under the care of physicians in rehab for weeks, trying to get his left knee back on track.

On July 5, 2011, Jenkins had surgery that was intended to stabilize his kneecap. The surgery went well, but doctors still did not like his odds of playing football for the 2011 fall season.

Jenkins, who is eligible to play one more season of football at WVU, has made the recovery necessary to get back in the game. He has been training hard, staying positive and working to get healthy ever since.

“I’m feeling good,” Jenkins said about his overall health. “My body feels really good and my knees feel great, so that’s a positive.”

Sitting out for a season can be really tough on a player, but Jenkins has been dedicated to the game of football for years. A standout lineman at Parkersburg High, he was the first player in West Virginia to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and was named a USA Today First Team All-American.

It has been no surprise to WVU’s coaching staff to see Jenkins trying to get himself back in good health, as he was so eager to get back to the football field.

This summer, the senior has been spending a lot of time working on getting stronger. He’s paid special attention to making sure that his knees can handle the upcoming inaugural Big 12 Conference action. He said that he’s been working on his steps to insure that he will be ready to play at his highest level when September rolls around.

Although Jenkins’ biography will tell you that he’s from Parkersburg, W.Va., he is originally from Texas. As far as entering the Big 12, he said that Texas will be the most exciting venue to play at. As a whole, Jenkins believes that WVU becoming an official part of the Big 12 is exhilarating.

“It’s an exciting time for the West Virginia football team. It’s a new era. It’s exciting to get an opportunity to play in the Big 12 especially with this coaching staff and this team.”

With only a month away from fall camp, Jenkins is convinced that there is no end in sight to these rough workout routines, but he is excited for the light at the end of the tunnel. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound lineman believes that all the hard work put into practices really pay off in the end.

“I’m looking forward to fall camp because after you get done with the whole summer, it’s a good feeling to look at yourself and see who you were, and where you’re at in the fall. That’s always exciting. You get to see what you put all of that work in for when you step on that field.”