Posted by Chip Patterson
Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins made headlines earlier this month his announcement to skip the NFL Draft and return to Gainesville for another season. For new head coach Will Muschamp, it was a great display of leadership from one of the most talented upperclassmen on next year's roster. Unfortunately that positive act was quickly offset with Jenkins' citation over the weekend for possession of marijuana.
The Gainesville Police Department informed the Associated Press that Jenkins was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession early Saturday. He was in the bathroom at a nightclub and caught with a "clear baggie" of marijuana. The misdemeanor charge is for an amount of marijuana less than 20 grams, and his court date has been set for February 17.
Of course this is a notable arrest for Muschamp's campaign to win Florida their first Fulmer Cup, "awarded" to the program with the worst collective criminal record. Urban Meyer often was criticized for the off-field issues under his watch in Gainesville, and this arrest does suggest that little has changed.
The timing was also not ideal for Jenkins' arrest. Being the midst of changing coaching staffs, and just two weeks after his big return announcement, it will not be easy to quietly sweep this story under the rug. Jenkins would like to keep his name in the headlines for next year's NFL Draft, but he would prefer the story to be on the football field.