Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Reached by phone Saturday morning, former Illinois head coach Ron Zook got in the first question.
"Hey," Zook said, "when are you guys going to back off my guy out there?"
Zook's guy? That would be 49ers rookie wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, the team's first-round pick who spent four years with Zook at Illinois.
Last Sunday, Zook watched 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on ESPN's "SportsCenter," defending the rookie against reporters who were critical of Jenkins' performance during the offseason workout program. Those "so-called experts" would look "clueless" when Jenkins developed into an outstanding NFL wide receiver, Harbaugh said.
Zook offered a similar, if more polite, defense Saturday and also offered a history lesson.
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