Khaleel Jenkins, Senior, Quarterback, 6-2, 215, San Diego, Calif. | Francis Parker High School
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Seven weeks into the 2018 season, Cal Poly senior quarterback Khaleel Jenkins had no touchdown passes.
Not a shocking surprise. After all, the Mustangs have run variations of the Triple Option offense since 2007, a run-oriented scheme that has generated a lot of yards and points. In fact, Cal Poly was No. 1 in the NCAA Division I’s Football Championship Subdivision in rushing four consecutive years from 2013-16.
In Week 8 at Northern Arizona, Jenkins threw his first two touchdown passes of the year. He followed with single scoring tosses against Montana State and Idaho State.
Last Saturday, the Francis Parker High School (San Diego, Calif.) graduate found wide-open receivers five times for touchdowns as Cal Poly closed out the 2018 season with a 38-24 victory over Southern Utah.
For his performance against the Thunderbirds, Jenkins has been chosen as the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.
Jenkins, who threw four scoring passes against Northern Iowa last year, missed the school mark for touchdown strikes in a single game by one. Jonathan Dally (Weber State in 2007 and Southern Utah in 2008) and Tony Smith (South Dakota in 2009) all connected with receivers six times for scores to share the record.
Jenkins was nine of 13 for 196 yards and wrapped up his senior season by not throwing a single interception all year.
In the last two weeks, Jenkins jumped from No. 11 to No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference in passing efficiency, a statistic weighted heavily by yards per attempt (8.7), touchdown passes (9) and interceptions thrown (0). A passer’s completion percentage is the fourth factor in the equation.
On Saturday, Jenkins twice hit J.J. Koski for touchdown passes covering 46 and 56 yards, twice found Quentin Harrison for scoring strikes of eight and 31 yards and connected with Malcolm Davis on a 32-yard touchdown pass as Cal Poly overcame 14-0 and 21-14 deficits for the season-ending win.
Jenkins finished the year 46 of 89 (52 percent) for 777 yards and nine touchdowns. His passing efficiency rating of 158.39 is about five points better than No. 2 Tanner Gueller of Idaho State.
Cal Poly won four of its last six games following a 1-4 start, finishing with a 5-6 overall mark and a sixth-place tie with Montana in the Big Sky at 4-4.