The ‘training wheels’ are off

Skyhawks’ QB is Colorado’s Offensive Player of the Week

Fort Lewis College quarterback Tim Jenkins navigated the Skyhawks’ offense with 501 passing yards – a career-high – and three touchdowns against the second-ranked team in Division II football last week at home. On Tuesday, he won the National Football Foundation’s Colorado Chapter Player of the Week award. Enlarge photo

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Fort Lewis College quarterback Tim Jenkins navigated the Skyhawks’ offense with 501 passing yards – a career-high – and three touchdowns against the second-ranked team in Division II football last week at home. On Tuesday, he won the National Football Foundation’s Colorado Chapter Player of the Week award.

Tim Jenkins might have been overlooked for this week’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the week honors, but his efforts weren’t lost on the state of Colorado.

Three days after throwing for a career-high 501 yards – with a .621 completion percentage – and three touchdowns against the third-ranked team in Division II football, the Fort Lewis College quarterback was named the National Football Foundation’s Colorado Chapter Player of the Week.

Jenkins, the Skyhawks’ 6-3, 220-pound starter from ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, completed 36 of 58 passes against CSU-Pueblo on Saturday at Ray Dennison Memorial Field.

FLC lost 50-21 to unbeated CSU-Pueblo, which moved up in this week’s rankings to No. 2, but the Skyhawks kept it competitive on the strength of Jenkins’ right arm.

“We’ve really taken the training wheels off him,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said in a news release. “I’ve spent more time during the week working on Tim’s play calls rather than hamstringing him with my play calls during the game.”

It was the third time in the senior’s career that he’s thrown for 400 or more yards; he threw for 405 yards the week before against Western New Mexico and has 906 passing yards in his last two games. The 501 ranked third in FLC history behind Andrew Webb’s 638-yard game and 560-yard game, both during the 2002 season.

Jenkins’ résumé:

RMAC Offensive Freshman of the Year, 2009.

All-RMAC second team, 2010.

Two-time RMAC Offensive Player of the Week, 2010 and 2011.

FLC’s MVP, 2010.

He ranks third all-time in FLC history with 8,064 passing yards, trailing only Webb (11,742) and FLC Hall of Famer Thad Trujillo (9,873). They are the only three QBs in FLC history to have passed for more than 8,000 yards.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Jenkins and his 0-4 team; FLC (0-4, 0-3 RMAC) will host Colorado School of Mines (3-2, 1-2 RMAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday in their homecoming game at Ray Dennison Memorial Field on the FLC campus.

FLC leads the series 26-24, including a 14-11 home mark. Colorado Mines, however, only recently dropped out of the top-25 rankings and has won the last five meetings against FLC.

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Fort Lewis College quarterback Tim Jenkins, one of three QBs in FLC history to have thrown for more than 8,000 yards, has passed for 906 yards in his last two games. “We’ve really taken the training wheels off him,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo

Fort Lewis College quarterback Tim Jenkins, one of three QBs in FLC history to have thrown for more than 8,000 yards, has passed for 906 yards in his last two games. “We’ve really taken the training wheels off him,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said.