Florida kicks Jenkins off team after 3rd arrest

Florida coach Will Muschamp sent a strong message to his team
Tuesday by dismissing star cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins was kicked off the team after his third arrest in less
than two years, his second in the past four months.

Muschamp’s decision makes it clear he won’t tolerate the
off-the-field issues that plagued the Gators during former coach
Urban Meyer’s tenure. The Gators had 30 arrests involving 27
players during Meyer’s six seasons.

One of those included Jenkins. Police used a stun gun when
arresting Jenkins in May 2009, and he was charged with affray and
resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins signed a deferred
prosecution agreement, receiving probation and community
service.

But his last two arrests were on marijuana possession
charges.

Jenkins was charged with marijuana possession Saturday after a
Gainesville Police officer spotted the 22-year-old sitting in a
parked car, smoking what the officer later found to be a marijuana
cigar.

Jenkins was arrested on the same charge in January and later
accepted a plea deal.

Muschamp said he met with Jenkins on Tuesday, and both felt it
was in Jenkins’ best interest to move on ”to the next stage of his
career.”

”We appreciate Janoris’ contributions to the University of
Florida during his time here and wish him the best of luck,”
Muschamp said in a statement.

Jenkins, considered one of the top cornerbacks in the
Southeastern Conference, decided in January to return to school for
his senior season. He’s a three-year starter who played most of
last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He missed the
Outback Bowl following surgery.

Despite the injury, Jenkins enjoyed his best season. He pretty
much shut down the league’s best receivers. Georgia’s A.J. Green,
Alabama’s Julio Jones and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery averaged
38 yards receiving against Jenkins and had one touchdown between
them.

Many believed Jenkins would leave early. But after Muschamp took
over and hired several assistants with NFL backgrounds, Jenkins
opted to stay in school, rehab his shoulder and possibly improve
his draft stock this fall. Now, he likely will enter the NFL
supplement draft.