By Scooby Axson
January 07, 2013

Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins will declare for the NFL Draft. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins will declare for the NFL Draft. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

University of Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, reports ESPN.com.

Jenkins is a redshirt junior and was injured-plagued for most of the season, missing games against Tennessee and Kentucky with a broken thumb. He also missed Florida's 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl after injuring his foot in a victory over Florida State.

"Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."

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