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Gators' tight end A.C. Leonard allowed to return to practice



Florida coach Will Muschamp has allowed sophomore A.C. Leonard to return to practice. Leonard was suspended indefinitely following his arrest for simple battery in February.

"After a six-week suspension from team activities, A.C. Leonard has been cleared to return to practice only,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said late Wednesday night. "He still has a lot of things to work throuhg before his status for the fall is addressed.''

Leonard was arrested after he and his live-in girlfriend got into an argument which University Police said resulted in her being shoved by Leonard  in the chest and neck area, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on a nearby dog cage. After Leonard reportedly told the woman to leave, he allegedly followed her into a bedroom as she gathered her belongings. He then grabbed by her hair and attempted to drag her out of the apartment, the police report at the time stated. According to the report, when she resisted, he grabbed her by both feet, dragged her from the apartment and locked her out. The two have been dating for about 17 months.

Muschamp said at the time "this behavior will not be tolerated" and Leonard was suspended. He said just prior to the start of spring that Leonard was working through some measures in an attempt to return to the team, but that he had "zero timetable" for Leonard's return.

Leonard had eight receptions for 99 yards this past season, and is expected to be the No. 2 tight end for the Gators behind Jordan Reed.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:02am]


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