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Ronney Jenkins Athlete Profile

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Ronney Jenkins
Position: Running Back Height: 5-11 Weight: 170 Roster Years: 1996-1998 Hometown: Port Hueneme, CA Last School: Hueneme High School

Career Summary

Ronney Jenkins came to BYU from Hueneme High School after setting a national record of 619 yards and seven touchdowns in a single game. He rushed for 2,168 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior year of high school and went on to rush for 733 yards and 11 touchdowns at BYU as a freshman. Jenkins also caught 14 passes for three touchdowns that year. He earned Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Rookie of the Year by the BYU coaching staff.


  • Born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mother is Mary Jenkins and grandmother is Jean Cobbs
  • Defensive end Shante Carver of the Dallas Cowboys is Ronney's second cousin
  • Recruited by USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, and Washington
  • Has one kidney
  • Married Kala Bouscean in 1997
  • Majoring in recreation management

Before BYU

  • Lettered in football, basketball and track at Hueneme High in Oxnard, California
  • Rushed for 2,168 yards and 27 touchdowns during his senior year
  • Set a national record by rushing for 619 yards and seven touchdowns in a single game
  • Named All-Ventura County and All-CIF as a tailback
  • Runs a 4.3 in the 40-yard sprint
  • Won county championship in long jump and relay
  • Set school record in long jump at 24 feet

1996 | Freshman Year

  • Selected as WAC Freshman of the Year
  • Rushed for 733 yards for 11 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for three TDS
  • Had three TDS off 156 yards rushing and a 34-yard kickoff return vs. Utah to be named WAC player of the week
  • Had a 29-yard kickoff return vs. Texas A & M
  • Had a 25-yard kickoff return vs. Arkansas St.
  • Had a 24-yard kickoff return at Washington..scored first TD vs. New Mexico
  • Ran for 74 yards and two TDS vs. SMU
  • Rushed for 52 yards, including an 18-yard TD at Utah St.
  • Two TDS off four catches for 81 yards and had a 33-yard kickoff return vs. UNLV
  • Had a 44-yard kickoff return, 48-yard catch and two rushing TDS at Tulsa
  • Had a TD run at TCU
  • Coaches' running back of the game vs. UTEP for nine carries and 66 yards, two catches for 16 yards
  • Had 109 yards rushing vs. Rice
  • Had 91 yards rushing and had one TD on the ground and one TD in the air at Hawai`i
  • Selected as the team's rookie of the year by the coaching staff

1997 | Redshirt Year

  • Ran sprints for the BYU track team
  • Redshirted in football