On a day when the state of Oklahoma was adding a ton of new talent for 2022, it appears to be losing an important part of its vaunted defense for 2021.
According to a report by Mike Roach of 247 SportsJayden Jernigan, a sophomore defensive tackle Redshirt, plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal. It still has a term of three years.
After a productive freshman season in 2019, Jernigan had to sit out all of 2020 thanks to COVID-19. He missed a total of 618 days of football due to heart complications after contracting the virus.
Jernigan appeared in all 13 games for the Cowboys that season, recording a total of 19 tackles (13 solo), two tackles for loss and one sack. He also logged five QB hurries and forced a fumble.
Earlier this season, Mike Gundy praised his ability to recover.
“I was worried about the last part of last season if he would ever play again,” said Gundy. “His body wasn’t as strong as it was, it was losing weight, it wasn’t in the flow, his doctors didn’t let him do much for the right reasons.
“He’s really improved on his pass rush skills. He now understands what his strengths are – his speed. He uses his speed and ability to move from side to side. . . He has seen a turning point. He does a really good job and has played a big part in the success of the defense. “
This is the second member of the 11-2 Cowboys looking for other options. In early December, Offensive Tackle Hunter Anthony also announced his intention to enter the portal.