Charge against JSU's Jenkins could be dismissed

(STATS) - FCS All-America quarterback Eli Jenkins of Jacksonville State could have a domestic violence charge dismissed if he complies with measures set forth by an Alabama judge Tuesday.

Jenkins, 21, entered a not guilty plea before Judge Joseph M. Maloney in Jacksonville Municipal Court for his Jan. 20 arrest following an argument with a 22-year-old woman. He is charged with a Class-A misdemeanor offense.

The Anniston Star reported Maloney put Jenkins' case on hold under the conditions that he remain in school or work full-time, maintain documented counseling with or separate from the victim and avoid further trouble.

Jenkins is scheduled to reappear in court June 7, at which time Maloney will determine whether to dismiss the case or send it to trial.

As a junior last season, Jenkins helped Jacksonville State to a 13-2 record, a second straight Ohio Valley Conference title and a national runner-up finish to North Dakota State. 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.

Six days after Jenkins' arrest, Jacksonville State officials said an internal investigation indicated he did not violate the university's code of conduct.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to begin spring practices Wednesday. Jenkins will not participate in them after having surgery last month for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He suffered the injury in August and played through it last season.

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