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Updated Dec 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Arizona Wildcats RB Daniel Jenkins to transfer

Arizona's Daniel Jenkins (3) points to heaven after scoring his touchdown against South Carolina State during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/John Miller)

The Arizona Wildcats will need to find a new backup running back.

According to Anthony Gimino's 'Wildcat Report', the junior told head coach Rich Rodgriguez Monday he is looking to transfer.

Jenkins had graduated two days earlier, earning a degree in 3 1/2 years in public policy and management, focusing on criminal justice. His minor was in business.

What that degree in hand, and one year of eligibility left, Jenkins is free to transfer to another FootballChampionship Subdivision school without having to sit out a year. It was that or stay at Arizona and face another season of limited opportunity behind consensus All-American Ka'Deem Carey.

Jenkins rushed for 293 yards and two touchdowns as Carey's backup this season, and proved to be a valuable member of Arizona's backfield. However, with just one year left to play in college, Jenkins felt it would be best to play for a school that could offer a larger role on the field.

The report notes that Rodriguez told Jenkins he would like for the running back to stay, but understood why he was asking to leave.

"I have only one year to show the world what I've got," Jenkins said.

"This was just a personal decision for my career. It was something I had to do. It was not something I wanted to do."

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