Continuing a horrific run of off-the-field antics, Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arrested early Saturday for possession of marijuana.
He was previously arrested on Jan. 23, 2011, for the same offense. He had also been arrested for affray and a nonviolent resisting arrest charge in May of 2009, but he has been cleared of those offenses.
The Florida Times-Union out of Jacksonville reported the arrest, which happened just after midnight on Saturday morning. The report says that Jenkins was caught smoking marijuana in his car in downtown Gainesville. He will appear in court on May 12th, facing charges of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
For Jenkins, this could be the final straw at the University of Florida. For a program already having dealt with plenty of off-the-field problems, having a senior football player continuously in trouble with the law is not at all desirable.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley and new head football coach Will Muschamp will now face a decision on whether or not to suspend Jenkins, or kick him off the team.
Jenkins had announced his intentions to remain a Gator for his senior season earlier this year. Had he declared for the NFL draft, and it was believed that he could have been a first-round selection. Now, the deadline has passed for underclassmen to declare for the draft, so Jenkins is in a tough situation. If he is indeed kicked off the team, he would have to wait until 2012 to be drafted into the NFL.
No one at the University has commented to this point, but a course of action is likely to be revealed in the next few days.