Janoris Jenkins finally finds a new home

June, 23, 2011
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Janoris Jenkins can finally start over.

The former All-SEC cornerback at Florida has found a new home and here's to hoping he can finally get things off the field in order.

Wednesday, ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported that Jenkins, who was dismissed from the team in April after his arrest on misdemeanor marijuana charges, is transferring to Division II North Alabama.

Instead of entering the NFL's supplemental draft, Jenkins is making the right move and going back to school. He won't get the national attention he did at Florida, but he's going to have the chance to redeem himself after off-field incidents late in his career overshadowed his impressive career on it.

Jenkins left Florida with eight career interceptions, including three last season, and might have made the case as being the nation's top cover corner when it was revealed after the season that he had played most of the year with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Jenkins opted to return to school this spring after undergoing surgery on his shoulder.

But all of that was clouded by two very poor decisions he made. In January, Jenkins was as arrested for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Less than three months later, he was arrested on the same charge.

After meeting with Jenkins following his second arrest, new coach Will Muschamp dismissed Jenkins, leaving a giant hole in Florida's defensive backfield, but it was a tough decision that he had to make.

Earlier this month, Florida Today reported that Jenkins pled no contest to possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was given no probation or community service, but was ordered to pay a fine of $421.

Jenkins also had a run-in with the law in June of 2009 when he was arrested on misdemeanor affray charges after being involved in a fight in downtown Gainesville, Fla., and fled police. He agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement on that charge and was placed on six months' probation.

Jenkins can now start over new at North Alabama with coach Terry Bowden. He will not only be able to improve his NFL draft stock with an extra year of college football, but he'll hopefully be able to change his reputation.

He didn’t arrive in Gainesville as a troubled kid, but he’ll have a lot of questions to answer from NFL teams about some of his foolish decisions.

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