GAINESVILLE — Florida football coach Will Muschamp has his first serious disciplinary issue to contend with after senior CB Janoris Jenkins was arrested early Saturday and charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
According to a police report, Jenkins was at Status Night Club in downtown Gainesville when he was caught by police with a small, clear bag of cannabis and trying to roll a cigarette. Jenkins was not taken to Alachua County Jail but received a citation about 12:50 a.m. and a notice to appear in court in February.
Jenkins, 22, said this month that he planned to return for his senior season. This is his second arrest at UF. 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.
Jenkins has eight career interceptions, including three this past season, and was a 2010 first-team, All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.
"We are aware of the incident with Janoris Jenkins and will handle it internally at this time," Muschamp said in a statement. He had stern words about expectations when it comes to players' conduct in his introductory news conference.
"If they're not going to go to class and act the right way, they don't need to be here," he said. "There's a certain thing that I'm going to refer to as the Florida way, and that's the way they need to act, and that's the way they need to represent our university. And I'm going to demand that, and I think that you'll understand in time that that's something very important to me."
Gators back in polls: The men's basketball team is ranked again after climbing to No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Yet, the way the Gators have played, it's difficult to consider them favored in a road game against unranked Georgia tonight.
Florida upset then-No. 5 Kansas State, defeated Florida State, which went on to knock off then-No. 1 Duke, and beat Tennessee on the road. But the Gators have lost to Jacksonville and UCF and scored just 45 points against a mediocre Auburn team.
"It's tough to explain," senior F Chandler Parsons said. "I think we just need to focus on coming out every night with energy and passion and fire and just playing the game, no matter who we're playing against, no matter who it says on the jersey. We've just got to come out and play our best game and not worry about what the other team is doing."
Demps on track: Track and field coach Mike Holloway said sprinter Jeff Demps is on schedule to open the indoor season at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet on Feb. 4-5. Demps missed most of the football season with a foot injury that hampered his ability to stop and plant. "He's still good to go," Holloway said. "We plan to open Jeff up at Virginia Tech like we did last year."
The Gators will compete in the Texas A&M challenge this weekend at College Station, a conference challenge format that features four of the top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC: Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina. The meet will be scored by conference.
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