Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins is playing every bit as well as you might expect for Terry Bowden and the North Alabama Lions.
Jenkins was recognized Monday for his second Gulf South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor thus far this season.
With the Lions tied 14-14 with Southern Arkansas Saturday, Jenkins returned a punt 89-yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Later he blocked a field goal attempt.
It was the second time Jenkins has returned a punt for a score for North Alabama. He also scored on an 87-yard return a few weeks ago against Glenville State.
For the season Jenkins has 33 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He has three pass breakups and a fumble recovery -- which, not surprisingly, he also returned for a score. That big play came at Cowboys Stadium against then-No. 3 ranked Abilene Christian on September 17.
It was announced on Monday that the Lions had moved from No. 2 in the national rankings to the top spot, meaning that even more eyes will now be on the Florida transfer.
NFL teams will certainly have to do their homework on Jenkins. The repeated off-field mistakes Jenkins made over his career with the Gators are nothing to be taken lightly.
Neither, however, are his obvious skills on the football field.
Athletic, instinctive and possessing the closing burst to replicate his collegiate success against NFL competition, Jenkins -- from purely an athletic standpoint -- deserves consideration as the top senior cornerback prospect in the country and a possible first round pick.