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Darold Jenkins


Darold Ward Jenkins

Inducted 1976

Date of Birth



Pettis County, MO


University of Missouri (1939-1941)


A faultless ball-handler, Darold Jenkins was Missouri's center during the early 1940s. He helped make coach Don Faurot's split-T formation click. In 1941, Jenkins captained the Tigers and led them to one of their most exciting seasons. They lost to Ohio State, 12-7, in the season opener, then ran off eight victories before bowing to Fordham, 2-0, in the Sugar Bowl. Missouri won the Big Six Championship that year and Jenkins was named All-Conference and consensus All-America. Jenkins was the leading center of his day and Faurot considered him a "play-maker" because of his ability to get the offense moving. Fellow Hall of Famer, Paul Christman was the man he most often cantered the ball to. After college, Jenkins served six years in the U.S. Army Air Corps logging 27 combat missions over Germany. He spent 16 months as a prisoner of war. When he retired from the military, Jenkins held the rank of lieutenant colonel. He returned to study law and, in 1952, became a practicing attorney.


Height 6'0

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1941 All-Conference
  • 1941 Consensus All-America
  • 1940 All-Conference
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