Bubba Jenkins To Transfer From SBU

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When describing his departure from SBU. Bubba Jenkins said this to me, it's my problem and what I'm going through. Not really theirs. However, the problem was big enough to where I had to leave SBU.

After graduating from Parkview High School and three years at Southwest Baptist, second team All-American running back Bubba Jenkins playing time in the Ozarks... is over.

"I was dismissed from the team, I like to say. In other words, only me and coaches know about that. It wasn't disciplinary, it was on my side of leaving and what I am going through. What I'm going through is what makes me have to leave," said Bubba Jenkins.

Like any University, SBU can terminate an athletic scholarship at any time for any reason. While Jenkins did not disclose the specific reason for his departure, he was adamant it was not due to a legal matter. 

"It's not a 'I get kicked out of school' type of thing. That's why I am still in school. If it was a legal thing, I would have been kicked out school too," said Jenkins.

"Bubba is still a student athlete here at Southwest Baptist. It is to our knowledge that he is looking to transfer to an NAIA school for next season. We support him in that, in any way that we can to further his education, cause I know he wants to graduate as well but he also wants to play football so he is going to transfer elsewhere to do that," said coach Robert Clardy.

Jenkins will transfer to NAIA Morningside College in Iowa. The Mustangs are ranked 6th in the country.

"It's definitely exciting, I am going to another top school. SBU from the year they had are going to be another top school this next year. To go there, I am looking to win a championship still," said Jenkins.

Last year, Bubba helped the Bearcats to their best season in program history. He rushed for 1,739 yards, scored 20 touchdowns and was one of the top backs in all Division II.

"Obviously, a player of Bubba's caliber, is going to be tough to replace. He got better every single year he was here. Bubba wasn't just a great player for us on the field, he was a great teammate and he showed his leadership skills over the years and the way you saw him grow and mature as a person and a leader. In regards to that, it's going to be tough to replace that," said coach Clardy.

"It was a great time. Everyone saw what we had last year and I am definitely going to miss my teammates on this team and my friends that I had here. But now it's time for me to cut ties with SBU and that is both ways," said Jenkins.

Jenkins will finish the semester at SBU then leave for Iowa, where he will continue to pursue his dream to make it to the NFL.

SBU will welcome freshman running back Michael Branch who won a state championship at Monett last fall.

 


 


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