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Janoris Jenkins walking tightrope

As draft approaches, oft-troubled CB prospect can't afford to stumble

Originally Published: March 29, 2012
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The barrel-bodied coach with the syrupy drawl wasn't mincing words with Janoris Jenkins last spring. Terry Bowden had already spent the previous two years at North Alabama, a Division II school located in Florence, so he understood some players might not embrace a small program with limited resources.

As Bowden scanned Jenkins' body language that day in his office, the coach also sensed Jenkins trying to find his own comfort level. The kid had no choice. This was his last hope of resurrecting ...

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