Arizona's Daniel Jenkins (3) gets tackled for a loss by Oklahoma State's James Castleman, bottom, and Justin Gilbert (4) during the third quarter of the University of Arizona vs. Oklahoma State football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012

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Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez announced tonight that running back Daniel Jenkins has rejoined the program after a short-lived transfer to Washington State.

Jenkins, who has one season of eligibility remaining, announced in January that he was leaving the Wildcats' program to transfer to Washington State after serving as Ka'Deem Carey's backup last season. Jenkins graduated in December and would have been able to play for the Cougars right away.

The Moreno Valley, Calif., native has ultimately decided to spend his senior season with the Wildcats after a few months in Pullman, Wash., though.

Jenkins rushed for 301 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries as a junior for the Wildcats. Rodriguez said tonight that Jenkins will be looked upon as a leader immediately. 

The move creates more depth at the running back position. Jared Baker and incoming freshmen Zach Green and Pierre Cormier were set to battle for the backup spot this fall.