Cal Poly quarterback Khaleel Jenkins will not see the field again this season.
Jenkins had surgery Thursday, the school confirmed, to repair damage in his right knee, a move that will end his junior campaign after five games.
According to the school, Jenkins said his knee was sore after a loss to Northern Arizona two weeks ago, but he played last week and had a career-best performance in a loss to Idaho State in which he rushed for 202 yards on 25 carries, No. 2 in school history for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback. But the pain became too much after the game, and Jenkins had an MRI this week that revealed serious damage.
Jenkins threw for eight touchdowns and two interceptions this season and was averaging more than 119 yards per game passing. The 6-foot-2 dual threat from Francis Parker High School in San Diego was also averaging 75 yards rushing per game and had four touchdowns on the ground in five games.
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It’s the second devastating injury for winless Cal Poly (0-5, 0-2 Big Sky) after All-American fullback Joe Protheroe injured his right knee in the second game of the season, which required season-ending surgery.
Redshirt freshman Jake Jeffrey is expected to replace Jenkins and make the first start of his college career Saturday on the road against Southern Utah. Jeffrey, a 6-foot passer from Folsom, threw for more than 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during his senior season in 2015 and led Folsom High School to a 14-1 record and a CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.