After being arrested on three separate occasions during his time as a Florida Gator, he was dismissed from the team by new head coach Will Muschamp. The first arrest, which came in May of 2009, was a result of Jenkins inability to come quietly after cops attempted to question his involvement in a fight. He ended up tasting the sting of a taser in the process. The final two, with the latest occurring back in April, were incidents involving the possession of marijuana.
Since being released from the confines of Gainesville, Jenkins has been on the lookout for a Division 2 team willing to welcome him with open arms. He had initially considered taking the NFL Supplemental Draft route, but opted to stay in school for another year and work on his public image. So when North Alabama head coach Terry Bowden (figures that he’d end up with a Bowden) came knocking with a scholarship in hand, Jenkins was more than willing to sign.
Bowden apparently took his time in making sure that he knew what he was getting into. “I talked to everybody that I could possibly talk to at Florida, who had a relationship with him,” Bowden said. “From Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp to Jeremy Foley, they all said he was a guy who made a mistake. But it does not represent his character or his time at Florida. They all thought he deserved a second chance.”
Now I don’t know about you, but a guy who didn’t learn the first or second time doesn’t sound like “a guy who made a mistake” to me. I’m pretty sure the saying goes “three strikes and you’re out” for a reason.
Jenkins is definitely a talented football player who has the ability to make it at the NFL level. During his time as a Gator, he tallied 121 tackles, 25 passes defended, eight interceptions and two sacks. However, the true test will be whether he has enough sense to finally grow up before it’s too late.
His NFL hopes are already circling the drain. It’s now or never for a player who’s had more than enough chances.