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Janoris Jenkins hopes to help the Gators rise up in 2011.
It truly was a surprise when cornerback Janoris Jenkins decided to foresake the riches of the NFL to return for his senior season. After all, the 5'10", 183-pound lockdown defender had a first-round grade, and the possibility existed he could have been the second cornerback (after LSU's Patrick Peterson) selected in late April's draft.
Always a talented athlete, Jenkins has become more mature in his three years at UF.
After his Pahokee High School team ripped previously unbeaten Newberry to win the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 2B state championship in his senior year, instead of celebrating with his teammates, Jenkins mocked his opponents with a sign. It was classless and didn't go unnoticed by fans in Orlando's Citrus Bowl that afternoon in December of 2007.
However, Jenkins hasn't shown similar behavior in Gainesville, and on the field, his eight interceptions are one more than Peterson had his entire college career.
Expect Jenkins to not only cut off one-third of the field in the fall but also to be in the ears of his fellow Gators.