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.