Running back Jenkins returning to Arizona

Running back Daniel Jenkins, who left for Washington State in December, coming back to Arizona.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins can have the "former" removed from his description, as he’ll again be a Wildcat this fall.

Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez announced Friday night while making a promotional trip to Sierra Vista that Jenkins, a backup to All-American Ka’Deem Carey last season, is returning to UA after leaving at the end of the 2012 season to attend Washington State.

Jenkins graduated in December and tweeted later that he wanted “to achieve my goals at WSU.”

So much for plans. He’s returning to play another season in Tucson after rushing for 301 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries last season.

Jenkins was not immediately available for comment but is expected to meet with the media next week.

When Rodriguez announced Jenkins' departure over the winter, he said, “He’s a good football player, and he’s going to make a decision on what’s best for him. He’s done everything right by the university with the way he’s played, the way he’s graduated and the way he’s acted. ... Just a great young man.”

Rodriguez now will have him for one more season.

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