Wilder arrested again

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State running back and former Plant High standout James Wilder Jr. is out of jail on a $500 bond after being arrested for the third time in less than a year.

Wilder, who has rushed for 795 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Seminoles, turned himself in to authorities Sunday at the Leon County Jail after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He failed to make a court appearance on a charge of driving with a suspended license. That date is now set for Jan. 24.

FSU athletic department spokesman Elliott Finebloom said Monday that coach Jimbo Fisher is aware of Wilder's latest legal issue. Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen, who has previously represented Wilder, did not return a message for comment.

UF losing LB Jenkins

Florida junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins announced he will forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. Defensive end Dominique Easley, UF's leading sacker, said he will return for his senior season.

Jenkins played in 36 games at UF, with 31 starts. He had 182 tackles, 161/2 for loss, six sacks and three interceptions. This past season was filled with injuries (broken thumb, broken foot). He played in nine games, making 29 tackles.

AGGIES ASSISTANT TO NEVADA: The Wolf Pack reached agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian, 38, to become coach under a five-year deal.

OKLAHOMA: Junior safety Tony Jefferson and receiver Kenny Stills plan to enter the NFL draft.

STANFORD: All-America tight end Zach Ertz and fellow redshirt junior Levine Toilolo plan to enter the NFL draft.

TENNESSEE: Former Vols defensive back Terry Fair was named a part of new coach Butch Jones' support staff.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

Wilder arrested again 01/07/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:46am]

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