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Surprise, Surprise! Jenkins To Return For Senior Year At UF

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has surprised Gator Nation by announcing his decision to return to Gainesville for his senior season.

“After careful consideration, I’ve made a decision to return to school for my senior year,” he said via press release.  “I spent some time with my family and Coach Muschamp and came to the conclusion it was in my best interest to return to school.  Coach Muschamp was very supportive throughout the whole process, regardless of my decision, but he wanted to make sure I had all the facts.  I’m looking forward to working towards my degree, completing my rehab and getting back on the field with my teammates.”

Jenkins had been projected as a first-round pick in April’s NFL draft.  He has been ranked as high as the third-best cornerback in the draft.  He was also the Gators’ best punt returner in 2010.

Last week,’s Joe Schad wrote that a source had told him that Jenkins would be turning pro.

Jenkins missed the Outback Bowl due to shoulder surgery, thus the comment about completing his rehab.

SEC fans should hope Florida’s corner can remain healthy in 2011.  Anytime a star SEC player passes up sure dollars in the pros in order to stay in college, it’s a bonus for league fans.  Best of luck to Jenkins in the year ahead.


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