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USF's Jenkins, Williams arrested, suspended



USF defensive backs Mike Jenkins and Carlton Williams, two of the team's most experienced returning players, were arrested in Tampa early Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence after a large disturbance outside a bar.

USF coach Jim Leavitt has suspended both players indefinitely until he can learn more about the circumstances of their arrests.

"I'm very disappointed," Leavitt said in a statement. "I'm continuing to gather information on the matter, but I am very disappointed in the hour that this took place. Mike and Carlton will be suspended and will not practice while we gather further information."

Williams, 21, and Jenkins, who turned 22 Thursday, were arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's officers around 3 a.m. Friday at 1913 Bearss Avenue, which is the address for Bobalouie's Pub, not far from USF's campus. Both were booked and released on $750 bond Friday morning.

USF started spring football practice Tuesday, and Friday was the team's first day off since practice started. Jenkins, from Bradenton, is entering his fourth year as a starting cornerback and briefly considered leaving early for the NFL Draft before opting to return for his senior season. Williams, from Valdosta, Ga., had 43 tackles as a sophomore, starting eight games at free safety after starting 12 as a freshman. He's listed as the team's starting strong safety on the spring depth chart.

Williams and Jenkins could not initially be reached for comment Friday. The only players on USF's roster with more career starts are cornerback Trae Williams (32) and linebacker Ben Moffitt (30).

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:21am]


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