(STATS) - Success seemed to come so easily for Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins last season, but the offseason has been a trying time for the FCS All-American.
Jenkins, 21, still faces a March 1 court date in Jacksonville, Alabama, over a charge of third-degree domestic violence following his on-campus arrest Jan. 20.
In addition, Jenkins will miss spring practices after having surgery for what coach John Grass called a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Grass said Jenkins played with the injury throughout his junior season, when the Gamecocks went 13-2, repeated as Ohio Valley Conference champions and finished as the FCS runners-up to North Dakota State.
"He played with it all season," Grass told the Anniston Star. "He had that in August. Nobody knew he played with a torn labrum all season."
Jenkins' recovery time is expected to be three to four months.
His court date stems from an argument with a 22-year-old woman. He was charged with a class-A misdemeanor offense, although JSU later determined in its internal investigation that Jenkins did not violate the school's code of conduct.
Jenkins is coming off a season in which he captured the OVC's offensive player of the year award and finished sixth in voting for the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year.
The Gamecocks' spring practices begin March 2 and conclude with their intrasquad game April 9. Jayse Pruitt, Will Pyburn and Dalton Etheridge, who also plays for the JSU baseball team, will all take snaps at quarterback.