2017 NFL Draft

Janoris Jenkins, CB

School: North Alabama  |  Conference: GSC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pahokee, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 193 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - His off-field issues dropped cornerback Janoris Jenkins out of the first round, but the Rams are confident they will provide the support that will allow Jenkins to reach his potential. "With Janoris, I don't see risk - but I see so much potential for reward," Fisher told Miochael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "He has a chance to be a very productive player in this league. We can't change the past, but we can provide an opportunity for him to be successful in the future." General manager Les Snead told Fisher, "This is part of the philosophy I've talked about - build, develop, coach. So everybody in this room who touches this player is going to be part of making him successful. He will be successful." Jenkins ended up at North Alabama after marijuana use resulted in his departure from Florida. He already has four children with three women. Ass for the marijuana issue, Jenkins told the Palm beach (Fla.) Post, "I was just being a college student. I'm pretty sure there were more guys than me that smoked. I just got caught." Jenkins also told SiriusXM, "Everybody that skipped over me, they just gonna pay for it. When they (Rams fans) get to know me, once you guys get to know me, I'm gonna be a role model for the kids outside of football. Y'all are gonna realize that I'm not a bad person, I just made a few mistakes and I learned from them. And y'all are also getting a great football player that's gonna buy into the program." That's what Fisher is counting on. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - In their vetting of Jenkins, Fisher said, "We did Combine interviews, we had a top-30 visit, we had a member of our organization go down to Florida and spent several days down there, spent time in North Alabama. We talked to many, many, many people that crossed paths with him since he was a young boy growing up in Pahokee, Fla. So we did our work and every person we talked to said, 'Take him.' "They said he's a great kid. He's an exceptional football player. Made a few mistakes in school, obviously has a young family, but he's got all that stuff under control. We've got plans in place and we're excited about his future here." When asked if his time with Adam (Pacman) Jones with the Titans would help him deal with Jenkins, Fisher said, "I'm not anticipating any issues whatsoever with Janoris. OK; I'm not. The issues, (with) Pac was ... he checked out pretty good on all our background checks. He had one minor incident as a freshman. His issues came after he got into the league. Janoris is ... again we're not concerned about him. He's a first-round talent, he's a good football player. He's got one of the best in the room in Cortland Finnegan and he's going to be a great talent for us." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/39 - Janoris Jenkins, CB, 5-10, 193, North Alabama...Boom or bust, the Rams rolled the dice on Jenkins who likely would have been a high first-round pick had he had not had a host of off-field issues in college. Coach Jeff Fisher said the team will have a plan and that "we're not concerned about him." BEST PICK: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins - It could end up being the worst picks in Jenkins fails to mature, but his natural talent gives him tremendous upside. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "I mean, no, because I never shot up a strip club or nothing like that." - Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, asked on SiriusXM Radio, whether Rams coach Jeff Fisher liked him because of his experience with Adam (Pacman) Jones in Tennessee. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Jeff Fisher has gambled on greatness many times before, including on Pacman Jones in the first round, the sixth overall pick in 2005 by Fisher's Titans. Fisher was a college and NFL defensive back and will hold the reins tight on Jenkins, who has top-10 talent but myriad off-field concerns.

04/19/2012 - Inergetics, Inc., announces that Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback from North Alabama University, signed an endorsement contract to represent the Surgex(TM) product line. Jenkins started as a freshman for the Florida Gators in 2010 and was an All SEC selection. He posted 8 career interceptions for the Gators. After transferring to North Alabama Jenkins was rarely challenged, however, he still managed to post 53 tackles, 2 interceptions, a fumble return for a touchdown and three punt returns for touchdowns last year. Jenkins is projected to be drafted in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft in most all draft boards currently posted on the internet. Janoris Jenkins stated, "In my preparation for the draft and upcoming NFL season, from endurance to peak performance and recovery, there is no doubt that Surgex(TM) has what I need to be my best." Jenkins further stated: "Knowing the products I am using are legitimate, contain no banned substances and are not caffeine or sugar based is very important to my work out routine as I enter into the NFL." Inergetics, Inc. is a leading developer of nutritional supplements for the Clinical Health and Sports Supplement markets. Inergetics has developed the Surgex?? sports nutrition formula to meet the nutritional needs of professional, Olympic and amateur elite athletes that experience post-workout symptoms such as fatigue, loss of lean muscle, oxidative stress, and reduced immune function. - PR Newswire

04/19/2012 - There were few questions Bills GM Buddy Nix refused to answer in his pre-draft media session with Buffalo media on Wednesday. Even when Nix didn't have a response -- he answered. For example, on the topic of North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, a player some teams won't even include in their final draft board, Nix signaled the Bills are likely to avoid the smoke, fire and off-field worries that come with adding a player with Jenkins' history. "You know I just would not get into that," Nix said. "But if you mean whether we'll take him or not ... ability-wise obviously you would. This is a political answer I'm fixing to give you, but otherwise you wouldn't. You get enough trouble without getting one that you know is a problem." The Bills have a need at cornerback, Nix acknowledged, but said the depth at that position means they can find one in Rounds 2-4. He also praised South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore. "Gilmore from South Carolina, we like him," Nix said. "We think he's a good strong sturdy corner that can press, can run in a hip pocket and he makes plays. We like his physical-ness in coming up in support. I do think this is a good year for cornerbacks. I really think the depth is good. You never know what we do early but from the second to the fourth we stack our board. We're going to take the best player available regardless of position, but we hope to get a few corners in the second or fourth too." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - 04/18 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama...Based on natural talent alone, Jenkins is a top-12 pick with the fluid movement, ability and instincts to line up against No. 1 receivers in the NFL and win those matchups. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/16/2012 - The Eagles are still busy at work, trying to evaluate top prospects and in some cases take a closer look at them. Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy told former Washington Redskins GM and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly that the Eagles call him to set up him for a visit to Philadelphia. Worthy has been rising on some draft boards because teams don't want to get caught getting fooled by NFL Combine performances. Worthy is quick as a cat and does a great job of getting penetration into offensive backfields. I'm confident the Birds will select a defensive tackle with their first pick, but the big question is which one will it be. Speedy cornerback Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama is in town today visiting the Eagles according to Richard Vicchiano of the New York Daily News. Jenkins is a cornerback with great ability but he played for North Alabama this year because Florida kicked off the team. Jenkins had gotten in trouble with the law for a number of times. A guy like Jenkins might be on the board much later than he should be because of his legal troubles. - Garry Cobb, FOX Sports

04/13/2012 - Evidence that Jenkins' behavior continues to be an issue is virtually everywhere one cares to look. Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal recently reported that Jenkins traveled to Las Vegas following his surprising disassociation from highly regarded agency CAA. While a young man traveling to Vegas is certainly no crime, the timing of the trip certainly won't win Jenkins any favors with scouts who can't help but wonder if the talented cornerback can't stay away from potentially negative influences before he's given a multi-million dollar contract, how can they expect him to make better decisions once he has more money and fame? Jenkins is a terrific football player. His speed and agility make him a natural cover corner. He's a ball-hawk (10 career interceptions) with return skills (three punts returned for touchdowns in 2011, alone). Despite an "average" build at 5-10, 193 pounds, he's willing in run support and has shown great toughness playing through pain. As such, he's a first round caliber prospect. Based on his character concerns, however, Jenkins is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as likely to slip into the second round (No. 39 overall). Frankly, that might be giving him more credit than he deserves. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/13/2012 - If - or perhaps when - Janoris Jenkins falls into Day Two or even Day Three of the 2012 NFL draft, he'll have only himself to blame. Jenkins was arguably the most talented player Will Muschamp inherited when he took over as the head coach of the Florida Gators in 2011. After Jenkins was arrested twice over a four-month span, Muschamp kicked him off the team and the talented cornerback elected to transfer to North Alabama. Scouts had hoped the change of scenery would force Jenkins to mature. Instead, Jenkins' poor off-field decision-making continued, a league source confirms to NFLDraftScout.com. The source cited the fact that Jenkins "kept up the partying" while at North Alabama. Citing a personnel executive from an AFC team, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Jenkins was a "multiple offender of the drug policy in college, and it's not like there were no character concerns at North Alabama. He had multiple opportunities to get away from it. He didn't at Florida, and he went to North Alabama and he wasn't clean there." For scouts, it isn't just the fact that Jenkins has repeatedly had run-ins with the police or tested positive for marijuana or even the fact that he has already fathered four children (with three different women). The concern is that Jenkins doesn't seem to be learning from the potentially disastrous behavior - despite saying all the right things whenever anyone will listen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/10/2012 - Urban Meyer, now the head coach at Ohio State, left the Florida football program in a troublesome state when he resigned, including drug use among players and a practice of preferential treatment for certain players, the Sporting News reported in an investigative article published Monday. Character issues arose as a result of a culture Meyer created at Florida before resigning after the 2010 season, making things difficult for his successor Will Muschamp. Former Florida safety Bryan Thomas told the Sporting News, "The program was out of control." The article, which relied primarily on unnamed sources, noted a number of examples, including the following: In a 2008 game against Hawaii, Meyer said a few players, including wideout Percy Harvin, linebacker Brandon Spikes and tight end Aaron Hernandez, would miss the game with injuries. However, the Sporting News said the three players failed drug tests for marijuana and were sitting out as part of standard university punishment. But there was no indication by Meyer the players were being disciplined. All-American cornerback Janoris Jenkins failed a drug test at Florida while Meyer was the coach and was arrested for a bar fight. Soon after Muschamp became coach, Jenkins was arrested twice for possession of marijuana and dismissed from the team. Jenkins told the Orlando Sentinel: "If (Meyer) was still the coach at Florida, I'd still be there." - The Sports Xchange

04/07/2012 - Every move Janoris Jenkins makes leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft will be scrutinized, and that comes as no surprise to those close to the probable first-round pick. The talented cornerback simply wants his version of the events heard, rather than forcing the public to rely on whispers. With that in mind, Sandy Cornelio, who describes himself as Jenkins' mentor, spoke with NFL Network to dispute a report that Jenkins had been "fired by" Creative Artists Agency super agent Ben Dogra. Cornelio insists it's just the opposite. "Janoris is getting bashed because he moved on," Cornelio said Saturday in a phone conversation. "Because of his background, yes, (I understand). But that doesn't mean anything here. They didn't want to fire Janoris. They didn't fire Janoris. We told them we were moving on." Recently, Jenkins hired agent Malik Sharif of Dimensional Sports, Inc., the same agent who now represents New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Cornelio said the decision wasn't complicated. "The only reason we decided to move on is because they're too big," said Cornelio, who is called "C" by his friends. "We weren't getting personal attention, so we decided to move on. That was it. And we told them. We called them professionally and said, 'Hey, we're moving on. We came to the conclusion that we honestly believe a smaller agency that pays us more attention will be better for us.' (Dogra) told us that he understood and he would help in any way he could. At the end of the day, we came to the conclusion that the kid drafts himself by his performance." Dogra said he merely wants Jenkins to be successful. - Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama, 5-10, 193...After being dismissed by new Florida coach Will Muschamp following a second charge involving marijuana, Jenkins finished his career at North Alabama. He might have qualified for the NFL supplemental draft last year but preferred to take time to rehabilitate his off-field image -- and a shoulder injury -- so pro scouts would judge him more on his on-field abilities. And pro scouts think his on-field ability is extraordinary. Jenkins has that rare combination of instincts, quickness and agility needed to be a truly great cover cornerback. Scouts at the Senior Bowl likened his play to that of several-time All-Pro Asante Samuel. Jenkins flashed his talents in 2010 at Florida when he held two players selected in the top six of last year's draft to an average of 38 yards a game -- Georgia's A. J. Green (No. 4 pick, Bengals) and Alabama's Julio Jones (No. 6, Falcons. At the scouting combine he was unofficially clocked at 4.46 seconds in 40 yards. He should be able to step in immediately and cover those pesky slot receivers as well as help as a punt returner. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/06/2012 - Whether a prospect is a Boy Scout or a troublemaker, the Cowboys' research always starts with scouts playing detective. In the case of Jenkins, they will have to visit two schools to find out about a prospect regarded by many as the draft's second-best corner behind LSU's Morris Claiborne. Kicked out of Florida by Gators coach and former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in April 2011, Jenkins spent his senior season at Division II North Alabama. Jenkins may have helped his cause by not dodging questions at the combine. "I was honest, straightforward, told 'em I did it," said Jenkins, who claims he hasn't smoked marijuana in over a year and is "done with that." "I admitted to everything," he added. "I take full responsibility, and I learned from it. It made me a stronger person, taught me how to fight through reality, that I've got to separate myself from certain guys. To be successful at the next level, I can't do the things I used to do." NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock applauded Jenkins' straightforward approach. "You've got to look these guys in the eye and have the right answers and most importantly convince them it's not going to happen again," Mayock said. "They're all going to say the same thing: ???I've grown up. I'm sorry,'" Mayock said. "Now, do you buy into that, and at what level do you buy in? At a first-round price? At a second-round price? A fourth-round price? "Every team is different that way. I already know some teams that have certain players off their boards. I'm not going to give you any names. But I know some teams have already said, ???I'm not dealing with that player,' whether it's medical or off the field (issues). Some teams say, ???That's a first-round pick, I don't care.' And there's a bunch of teams in the middle." - Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express

03/06/2012 - New University of Akron coach Terry Bowden said he didn't find out until last week that Jenkins also has four children ranging in age from 3 years to 3 months, reportedly by three different women. But Bowden knew enough to realize Jenkins was an NFL first-round talent with very few options. Jenkins could declare for the supplemental draft, where the best he would probably get was third-round pay. Or he could find a coach at a lower-level school who would take him in and help him back on the path to a promising pro career. Because he was leaving with one year of eligibility remaining, Bowden said Jenkins couldn't go to a Division I-AA school, his choice had to be in Division II. "He was in a bind," Bowden said of Jenkins in a telephone interview Wednesday. "He really had three strikes at Florida. You have to understand how many guys I don't take who get in similar types of trouble." Before he allowed Jenkins to join his team, Bowden said he called former Florida coach Urban Meyer, former Gators defensive backs coach Chuck Heater, who had moved on to Temple, and Florida director of athletics Jeremy Foley. "I tried to figure out as much of his background as possible to find out if he was just a kid who made mistakes or if he was not a good risk," Bowden said. "They assured me he was worth the risk because of the mistakes he'd made and the circumstances they'd come under." Jenkins' father also drove his son from Pahokee, Fla., to Florence, Ala., to meet with Bowden. Jenkins hoped to convince Bowden he could stay clean and was serious about his commitment to football. - Marla Ridenour, The Akron Beacon Journal

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 12. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama, 5-10, 191, 1...Jenkins finished his career at North Alabama last season after being dismissed by new Florida coach Will Muschamp following a second charge involving marijuana. He might have qualified for the NFL supplemental draft last year, but preferred to take time to rehabilitate his off-field image so pro scouts would judge him more on his on-field abilities. And pro scouts think his on-field ability is extraordinary. Jenkins has that rare combination of instincts, quickness and agility needed to be a truly great cover cornerback. Scouts at the Senior Bowl likened his play to that of several-time All-Pro Asante Samuel (Philadelphia Eagles). Jenkins flashed his talents in 2010 at Florida when he held two players selected in the top six of last year's draft to an average of 38 yards a game -- Georgia's A. J. Green (No. 4 pick, Cincinnati Bengals) and Alabama's Julio Jones (No. 6 pick, Atlanta Falcons). He should be able to step in immediately and cover those pesky slot receivers as well as help as a punt returner. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - The Cowboys have problems in personnel and serious upgrades need to be made in the front seven as well as the defensive backfield. Two of three biggest priorities of the offseason are finding a pass rusher and cornerback. The latter is an issue because three of the five corners from last season, Terence Newman, Alan Ball and Frank Walker are not expected back. Ball and Walker are free agents. Newman is expected to be a salary-cap casualty. The question is whether the move will be made on or before June 1 or after June 1 to lessen the impact on the salary cap. The Cowboys will look for a replacements in free agency and the draft. There is a good chance they could target Dre Kirkpatrick or Janoris Jenkins for the 14th overall pick. - The Sports Xchange

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: The Ex-Florida Gator was a first-round caliber prospect in Gainesville, but multiple arrests and his eventual transfer to North Alabama in 2011 have surrounded the cornerback with doubt. He needs to interview well and be up front with NFL teams regarding his past encounters with the law to convince them his problems are in the past. But Jenkins also needs to run well to prove he has worked hard off the field to maintain his quick-twitch athleticism despite the lower level of competition. With a positive week in Indianapolis, he has a chance to secure the distinction as top senior cornerback and top-20 pick. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/13/2012 - It's been a few years since a cornerback from a really small football program was chosen in the first round; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of Tennessee State was probably the last one when Arizona selected him in 2008. But the draft annually includes several corner prospects from smaller schools in the seven rounds, and this year doesn't figure to be any different. The various college all-star games in recent weeks included cornerbacks from such far-flung places as Cal-Poly (Asa Jackson), Louisiana-Lafayette (Dwight Bentley), Furman (Ryan Steed), Presbyterian (Justin Bethel), Albion (Chris Greenwood), North Alabama by way of Florida (Janoris Jenkins) and a few others. For the most part, the challenge of displaying one's abilities against players from the bigger "football" schools, and in front of a crowd of NFL scouts, didn't dramatically affect the performances of any of the smaller-program coverage players. Jenkins, who transferred to North Alabama after being dismissed from the Florida squad after multiple marijuana-related infractions, is probably the only one of the group with first-round potential. But NFL teams are always looking for coverage players, even more so in this era of the pass, so it's likely that all the small-college players who attended the various all-star games will have the opportunity to play at the NFL level. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - Five decades ago, in large part because of the passing background of the schools and their conferences, the old AFL in particular unearthed solid corners at small schools. Now all teams scout those schools -- even with the decline in influence of historically black colleges and universities -- for cornerback prospects, it seems. "For whatever reason," said New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese, "those schools tend to fall between the cracks. It's not because we don't scout them, because we do. But those schools and the cornerback position ... they don't get as much attention. But teams know those places and, by the end of the (evaluation) process, they know the players, too. Hey, everyone is looking for corners." The coverage defenders from the smaller schools are certainly aware of that. Said Jenkins: "Maybe it wasn't the SEC, but I found out there are good receivers at every level, and you still have to play the game the same way. I mean, covering is covering, right?" - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL RISERS: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: One could make an argument that the strongest position group at this year's Senior Bowl was cornerback. And the cream of the crop among the cover guys is a small-school guy in a roundabout way. Jenkins was a standout cornerback at Florida before he was dismissed by the Gators for several off-field issues and transferred to North Alabama, an FCS school, in 2011. This week, scouts were anxious to see him lined up against top competition once again and Jenkins didn't disappoint. He showcased light feet with swivel hips to stay fluid in his transition and easily turn and run downfield with receivers. Jenkins also displayed explosive closing burst with impeccable timing to plant, drive and blow up the play, separating ball from receiver. Obviously there are several questions regarding Jenkins' character, which will ultimately affect his draft stock. However based on pure talent and football ability alone, Jenkins is a top-10 prospect and should be the top senior cornerback off the board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/26/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL THURSDAY: With the NFL evolving into a predominantly passing league, cornerbacks are in high demand and have become one of the premier positions at the next level. With that said, the senior class boasts some intriuging talent at the cornerback position and several of those rising talents can be found on the South squad at the Senior Bowl. North Alabama (and former Florida Gator) cornerback Janoris Jenkins has put to rest any debate as to who is the most talented senior cornerback in this year's group with his performance in practice this week. He is a fluid athlete with very light feet and swivel hips to turn and run downfield, but also shows the closing burst and physical nature to attack what's in front of him. At practice on Wednesday, Jenkins showed impeccable timing and explosion to plant, drive and blow up the play, knocking the ball and North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones to the ground in one of the drills. At times his lack of size and length will show in man coverage (only 5-93/4" tall), but he has a natural feel for the position that NFL teams covet. Now obviously there are several off-field questions regarding Jenkins as a prospect, which will ultimately affect his draft stock. However based on pure talent and football ability, Jenkins is a top-10 prospect and should be the top senior cornerback off the board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/19/2011 - The University of North Alabama football team placed three players on both the Associated Press and Daktronics All-American teams. Senior offensive lineman Kyle Thornton of Dallas is a first-team Associated Press Little All-American selection and second-team all-American pick by Daktronics. Thornton is a three-year letterman and a two-year starter on the offensive line. He helped lead UNA to the NCAA Division II playoffs each of the last three years. He was also previously selected first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Senior linebacker Marcus Dowtin, Upper Marlboro, Mary., was named to the first-team Daktronics All-Aerican team and is second-team AP selection. Dowtin led the Lions with 115 tackles, four sacks, and nine tackles for loss of 32 yards on the season. UNA senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins of Pahokee, Fla., was named second-team Daktronics All-American and second-team AP All-American. Jenkins finished third on the team with 53 tackles and had two interceptions on the year. - Times Daily

10/10/2011 - The Top 10 remained relatively unchanged, but losses to five Top 25 teams this past weekend caused a shakeup in the bottom half of the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. North Alabama still sits at No. 1, receiving 28 of a possible 29 first place votes, after the Lions handed Arkansas Tech a 44-10 loss. Delta State (Miss.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.) flip-flop positions this week with the Statesmen moving to No. 2 after a 34-20 win over Arkansas-Monticello. Bloomsburg (Pa.) is No. 3 this week after moving its record to 6-0 following a 45-10 victory over Cheyney (Pa.). No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Washburn (Kan.) round out the Top 5. Losses to Albany St. (Ga.), Shepherd (W.Va.), Central Missouri, Hillsdale (Mich.) and Edinboro (Pa.), made room for five new teams to enter the Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. West Virginia Wesleyan is 6-0 on the season and comes in at No. 21 after a 45-44 overtime victory over then-No. 14 Shepherd (W.Va.). No. 22 West Alabama enters the poll for the first time this season after a 38-10 win over Southern Arkansas, while Bemidji State (Minn.) re-enters the poll at No. 23 after a two-week layoff. Wayne State (Neb.) enters at No. 24 for the first time this season while No. 25 Mars Hill (N.C.) enters the AFCA Top 25 for the first time since September 25, 2007. - AFCA

10/04/2011 - OCT 3 GULF SOUTH SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Alabama return specialist Janoris Jenkins (SR, 5-10, 183, Pahokee, FL)., earns his second honor of the season, rolling up 123 yards on three total returns in UNA's 42-14 road win over Southern Arkansas. The senior returned one kickoff for 13 yards and added 110 yards on two punt returns led by an 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter. His return gave the Lions their first lead of the contest, 21-14, with 10:29 left in the third quarter. Jenkins' scoring return was also his second of the season and was also the second-longest in school history. The Pahokee, FL native did not stop there, blocking a SAU field goal attempt with 13 minutes left in the game. - Gulf South football

10/03/2011 - Three of the top four teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. North Alabama moves up to the top spot this week after then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State lost to new No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), 38-35, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium. This is the fourth time North Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll, with their last No. 1 ranking occuring on November 2, 2009. Bloomsburg (Pa.) moves up to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Delta State (Miss.), No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Washburn (Kan.). Nebraska-Kearney's No. 4 ranking is their highest ever in the AFCA Coaches' Poll. Shepherd (W.Va.) had the biggest fall, dropping 11 spots to No. 14 after its 28-14 loss to Concord (W.Va.). Valdosta State (Ga.) also fell out of the Top 5, falling to No. 13 after losing to Arkansas-Monticello, 23-9. Pittsburg State (Kan.) made the biggest jump in the poll this week, moving up seven spots to No. 8 after its victory over then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats don't have long to recover as they travel to No. 19 Central Missouri this week in the only Top 25 matchup of the AFCA Coaches' Poll. - AFCA

09/19/2011 - Ten Top 25 teams lost this past weekend, including five Top 10 teams, which caused a lot of reshuffling in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Former No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth lost to Wayne State (Neb.), 7-0, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 11. Abilene Christian (Texas), Texas A&M-Kingsville, Albany State (Ga.) and St. Cloud State (Minn.) also lost, with only Abilene Christian staying in the Top 10. Northwest Missouri State takes over the top spot after a 73-7 win over Lincoln (Mo.). The Bearcats received 26 of a possible 29 first place votes. North Alabama received two first place votes and moves up to No. 2 after its 23-17 victory over then-No. 3 Abilene Christian. Shepherd (W.Va.), Bloomsburg (Pa.) and Valdosta State (Ga.) round out the Top 5. Grand Valley State (Mich.) dropped out of the poll for the first time since the final poll in 2000. That ends a streak of 138 straight appearances in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the Lakers, which was the longest active streak in Division II. - AFCA

09/12/2011 - SEPT 12 GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Alabama CB/return specialist Janoris Jenkins earns his first-ever accolade, after rolling up 116 yards on two returns in UNA's 48-21 home victory over Glenville State. The senior stretched the Lions' lead to 34-7 at 9:30 in the third quarter via an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Pahokee, FL native also returned one kickoff for 29 yards. Jenkins' TD return marked the first for UNA since the 2009 season opener. - Gulf South football

09/12/2011 - Hillsdale (Mich.) pulled a 34-31 upset victory over then-No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), causing the Lakers to slide to No. 15 in this week's AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. But that wasn't the biggest drop as unranked Missouri Western State beat then-No. 12 Central Missouri, 23-6, causing the Mules to fall 12 spots to No. 24. Minnesota-Duluth still holds down the top spot, followed by No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, No. 3 Abilene Christian (Texas), new No. 4 North Alabama and new No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville. Abilene Christian and North Alabama will meet this coming Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which highlights three Top 25 matchups this week. In the other two matchups, No. 6 Albany State (Ga.) plays host to No. 12 Valdosta State (Ga.) while No. 22 Michigan Tech travels to No. 14 Wayne State (Mich.). - AFCA

08/30/2011 - Former Florida CB Janoris Jenkins has transferred to North Alabama. Jenkins said he harbors no animosity to Muschamp kicking him off the team for his second marijuana arrest in the span of three months. "He did what he had to do and I'm not mad at him," Jenkins said. " I respect him as a man and as a coach." - The Sports Xchange

07/11/2011 - Janoris Jenkins wasn't ready to aim for a head start on a professional career even after being faced with the choice for a second time. The former Florida cornerback, who had opted to remain in college instead of skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft, made the same decision in June after coach Will Muschamp kicked him off the team following Jenkins' second drug arrest in four months and third of his college career. Jenkins said the supplemental draft "wasn't really tempting to me" and that those around him were advising him to find another school. "It's not all about the money," he told The TimesDaily of Florence in a story Monday. "I went three years without money at the University of Florida, so why can't I do it another year? I'm not in a rush to get the money. I just wanted to come back and rebuild my image." Jenkins was charged with marijuana possession in April, his second such arrest since January. He was also charged in May 2009 with affray and resisting arrest without violence, receiving probation and community service. Now, the player once considered one of the Southeastern Conference's top cornerbacks is set to play his senior season for North Alabama and former Auburn coach Terry Bowden. "There is no doubt that I can stay out of trouble," Jenkins said. "I came here to take care of business and that's what I'm going to do." Jenkins spent the past two weeks on campus working out with his new teammates and getting acclimated to the Division II school. He has already made a positive impression on his new coach. "Janoris was projected as a first-round draft pick, so he is obviously a very talented guy," Bowden said. "He is also a very likable guy and everyone has enjoyed having him here. He has fit in well and we're excited to have him." - AP Sports

06/27/2011 - As a First-Team All-SEC pick last year for the Florida Gators, Janoris Jenkins strongly considered leaving Gainesville early for a chance at the NFL. Shortly after his surprising decision to return, Jenkins' inability to stay out of trouble forced the hand of new head coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp kicked Jenkins off the team in April after his talented cornerback was arrested for marijuana possession. There was some talk early that Jenkins might make a push for the supplemental draft, but instead this week he signed with D-II power North Alabama, coached by Terry Bowden. Since taking over the North Alabama program, Bowden - the son of FSU legend Bobby Bowden - has shown a willingness to take gambles on highly touted athletes whose off-field problems forced them to transfer. Wideout Preston Parker led Bobby's Seminoles in receiving yards in 2008, but transferred to North Alabama in 2009 after multiple run-ins with the law. Similarly, Bowden added former Alabama starting linebacker Brandon Fanney in 2009, as well as Quinton Andrews, a three-year starting defensive back at West Virginia and quarterback Harrison Beck, who transferred after being beaten out by Russell Wilson at NC State. In Jenkins, however, Bowden is getting the most talented transfer in the country. He's a more gifted player than some of the cornerbacks rated ahead of him, but the big "if" that keeps him from ranking higher is strictly based on the concerns that we and NFL teams have about Jenkins' ability to keep himself out of trouble. With quick feet, good instincts and the hands to turn quarterback mistakes into interceptions for touchdowns, Jenkins could enjoy a spectacular senior season for the Lions. If he does so - and keeps himself out of trouble - Jenkins' status as one of the elite senior prospects in the 2012 draft should remain safe. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

06/22/2011 - Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins will play his senior season at North Alabama, the Division II program led by former Auburn coach Terry Bowden. North Alabama announced the signing Wednesday. Jenkins was dismissed by new Gators coach Will Muschamp in April after his second arrest for marijuana possession in a four-month span. Jenkins was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference. He contained star receivers such as Georgia's A.J. Green, Alabama's Julio Jones and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery despite playing much of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The three-year starter decided in January to return to school for his senior season. - AP Sports

06/14/2011 - Janoris Jenkins hasn't made up his mind yet, but the former Florida cornerback will choose between two Division II schools to play for next year. Reached Tuesday by the Orlando Sentinel, Jenkins said he would choose between North Alabama and Valdosta State for his senior season. A former All-SEC corner, Jenkins left Florida in late April after his second marijuana related arrest this year. He has since pleaded no contest to the charge related to his April arrest, paying $421 in fines and court costs. Jenkins left Florida following that arrest, with Muschamp saying the two decided it best to part ways and Jenkins saying the new coach dismissed him. Although Jenkins was a projected first-round NFL Draft pick before he decided to return to Florida for his senior season, he chose to forgo the supplemental draft. In North Alabama and Valdosta State, Jenkins said he is looking for a school that feels like a family, "just a school that will let me rebuild my image off the field, keep me out of trouble." Jenkins said he's taking his legal troubles as at learning experience and that he does not have regrets. "It's a lot of positives. Now you know you just can't trust everybody," he said. "No, ma'am, (I don't have any regrets). I'm just staying focused and gotta move on." A Pahokee native, Jenkins said he's been working out in South Florida since he left UF. He expects to make a decision on a new school soon, he said. - Rachel George, The Orlando Sentinel

06/01/2011 - Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has pleaded no contest to a marijuana possession charge. Jenkins, who was kicked off the team following his third arrest in 23 months, was ordered to pay court costs and fines totaling $421 on Tuesday. But he was not placed on probation or ordered to perform community service. Jenkins was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference. But his off-the-field issues probably cost him millions in the NFL. Jenkins was arrested April 23 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after police spotted him sitting in a parked car, smoking what an officer later found to be a marijuana cigarette. Jenkins was arrested on the same charge in January and later accepted a plea deal. - AP Sports

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Janois Jenkins, Florida, CB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

05/02/2011 - Dismissed from the University of Florida squad last Tuesday after his second marijuana-related arrest in three months, former Gators star cornerback Janoris Jenkins is seriously considering transferring to a lower-division program, where he would be eligible to play in 2011. Conventional wisdom since Jenkins was banished by new UF coach Will Muschamp has been that the three-year starter would either enter the NFL supplemental draft in the summer or perhaps attempt to force his way into the league by challenging the draft's legality in court. Both of those remain possibilities, although the lockout could force the NFL to cancel the supplemental draft, typically held in July. Two sources told The Sports Xchange on Monday, however, that Jenkins is leaning toward delaying his entry into the NFL, and that he may prefer to rehabilitate his image before attempting a pro career. "It's about 50-50 right now that he tries to find a (college) place to play and convince scouts that he's really serious about an NFL career," said one of the sources. The other source termed it a "long shot" that Jenkins would attempt to play in a pro league, such as the UFL or Arena Football League, other than the NFL. Jenkins is the No. 3-rated senior cornerback for 2012, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. Although Jenkins has sought advice from a number of agents in recent days, and has been approached by player representatives, including a few who told him that litigation might force the NFL to accept him, he has not yet signed with an agent, The Sports Xchange has confirmed. So, at least to date, his remaining college eligibility has not been compromised. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


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