Illinois back Ford arrested over suspended license

Florida has dismissed star cornerback Janoris Jenkins after his third arrest in the past two years.


Coach Will Muschamp announced Jenkins' dismissal Tuesday, three days after his latest arrest. He was charged with marijuana possession Saturday after a Gainesville, Fla., police officer spotted him sitting in a parked car, smoking what the officer later found to be a marijuana cigar.

Jenkins, 22, was arrested on the same charge in January and later accepted a plea deal. He also was arrested in May 2009 during a downtown fight. He signed a deferred prosecution agreement, agreeing to probation and community service.

ILLINOIS: Senior running back Jason Ford has been arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.

University of Illinois Police Lt. Roy Acree said that Ford was arrested Sunday morning. That's when police discovered a warrant in nearby McLean County for failure to appear in court to answer the July 2010 charge. Ford is free on $300 bond.

Acree says police arrested Ford after being called to a parking garage over an argument. No one was arrested in the argument but officers discovered the warrant during a routine check.

MISSOURI: Former running back and co-captain Derrick Washington , who was kicked off the team after being charged with sexual assault and domestic violence, says he hopes to again play football this fall. Whether he gets that opportunity remains uncertain.

Washington, 22, still faces two criminal trials in the coming weeks. He is set to appear in court on May 11 on two misdemeanor domestic violence charges and again on June 28 on a charge of felony sex assault. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Missouri's leading rusher in 2008 and 2009 was initially suspended by coach Gary Pinkel but dismissed from the team two days later as the Tigers prepared for the start of the 2010 season.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Receiver Chris Smith suffered a broken jaw during a weekend altercation in Meridian, Miss., a university spokesman confirmed Monday night.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior from Meridian, caught 24 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown last season.

He led the Bulldogs with four catches for 46 yards in their 52-14 victory over Michigan in the Gator Bowl.

Mississippi State spokesman Joe Galbraith said Smith would have surgery on Tuesday in Columbus, Miss., but is not expected to miss any workouts or fall practice.



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