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Ex-Gator may join Terry Bowden

All-SEC cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was dismissed from the Florida football team last month, is strongly leaning toward enrolling at North Alabama, his attorney said.

The Division II school is coached by Terry Bowden, a former Auburn coach and the son of former FSU coach Bobby Bowden.

On Wednesday, the senior from Pahokee entered a written plea of not guilty on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, said Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, who represents Jenkins. Johnson indicated that a deal could be worked out to avoid a trial.

Johnson said Jenkins, who was kicked off the team after his second marijuana-related arrest this year, is also considering Division II Valdosta State.

Alabama lineman, a former Vol, dies

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas, a junior college transfer and onetime Tennessee starter, was found dead on the second floor balcony of a home in Fernandina Beach after attending a party, according to police.

Police Chief James T. Hurley described what authorities know.

Witnesses said Douglas, 21, was taking a taxi to Jacksonville, about 30 miles south of Fernandina Beach, after dinner with friends when two women apparently approached the cab and invited him to a party. He arrived between 11 and 11:30 p.m. and was seen there as late as 2 a.m.

The medical examiner's office is investigating.

His father, David, was an offensive lineman for the Vols, and his mother, Karla Horton Douglas, was a UT basketball player.

"It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family," Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement.

USF freshman transfers: Bulls freshman quarterback Jamius Gunsby, who stepped away from the team in the middle of spring drills to focus on his schoolwork, has transferred to Georgia Military College, where he'll play with the hopes of transferring to another major-college program.

"If he applies himself, he can challenge for our quarterback job," coach Bert Williams said.

Gunsby of LaGrange, Ga., is the third scholarship player to transfer from USF this spring, following receiver T.J. Knowles and fullback Chase Griffiths.

softball: USF (33-21) was eliminated from the Big East tournament, losing 2-0 to host Louisville in the opening round. Assistant Stacey Heintz filled in for coach Ken Eriksen, who was suspended as his NCAA-mandated discipline for taking his players off the field Sunday in a game forfeited to DePaul. … Florida (47-9) lost to Auburn 6-2 in the first round of the SEC tournament in Oxford, Miss. NCAA at-large bids will be announced at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Ex-Gator may join Terry Bowden 05/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:44am]

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