Florida CB Janoris Jenkins dismissed from the team
Florida CB Janoris Jenkins has been dismissed from the team, Florida coach Will Muschamp announced on Tuesday.
"After meeting with Janoris Jenkins today, we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career,'' Muschamp said. "We appreciate Janoris’ contributions to the University of Florida during his time here and wish him the best of luck.''
Jenkins is arguably the Gators' best returning player, a potential first-round NFL pick before he injured his shoulder this past December and underwent surgery in March. Muschamp said last week that Jenkins was recovering well and his full range of motion had returned.
But his off-field troubles in the past few months led to his leaving the team.
This past weekend, Jenkins, 22, was arrested after he was allegedly caught by GPD officers with less than 20 grams of marijuana. According to police, officers observed Jenkins smoking a cigar in a vehicle in a parking lot in downtown Gainesville about 12:35 a.m. Saturday. When he saw the police officers, Jenkins allegedly exited the vehicle and began to walk away. An investigation revealed a burnt cannabis cigar in the center console, according to police.
Jenkins was arrested in January on the same charge after police said he was caught with a small, clear bag of cannabis and trying to roll a cigarette at the Status Night Club in downtown Gainesville. At the time, Florida coach Will Muschamp said the matter would be handled internally. Jenkins did not participate in spring drills because he was recovering from surgery.
Jenkins has had three arrests in 23 months. In May 2009, he was arrested in connection with resisting arrest without violence when he was among many involved in a fight outside a Gainesville night club. His attorney at the time said Jenkins believed someone was trying to steal jewelry from him and he was defending himself. Jenkins received deferred prosecution and was required to pay court costs and/or complete community service.The senior from Pahokee has eight career interceptions, including three this past season, and was a 2010 first-team, All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.