UF senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins cited for pot

Published: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.

Florida senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been cited for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana by Gainesville Police.

Jenkins received the citation after officers observed Jenkins attempting to roll a cannabis cigarette in the bathroom of a downtown night club (Status Nightclub) on Saturday night.

The possession charge is a misdemeanor. Jenkins was arrested, but he signed a notice to appear and was released. He has a Feb. 17 court date.

Jenkins is the first UF football player to get in trouble with the law under new coach Will Muschamp. There were 30 arrests of UF players under Urban Meyer (2005-10).

"We are aware of the incident with Janoris Jenkins and will handle it internally at this time," Muschamp said Monday.

Jenkins recently announced he was returning for his senior season after considering leaving early for the NFL Draft. Some were predicting he would be a first-round pick. He underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the regular season and has not been able to work out.

This is Jenkins' second arrest since he's been at UF. In May 2009, he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of affray for resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins claimed self-defense, saying he was trying to protect himself during a group altercation downtown. He said someone he did not know tried to steal a chain he was wearing around his neck.

The State Attorney's Office dropped the affray charge due to lack of evidence. He signed a deferred prosecution agreement and his record has since been cleared of the charge.

Meyer suspended Jenkins from the 2009 opener because of the incident.

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