Florida coach Will Muschamp reduces suspension for Antonio Morrison
Upon further review, Florida LB Antonio Morrison won't be suspended for two games afterall.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said today that he is reducing Morrison's suspension from two games to one, meaning the sophomore will play when the Gators face Miami on Sept. 7.
After a thorough review of Antonio Morrison's situation and how he has handled his punishment, I'm going to suspend him for this game only," Muschamp said Monday. "I just don't feel like his actions warranted a two-game suspension. That's where we are with that.
Morrison had been suspended after his second arrest in a 35-day span. The Bolingbrook, Ill. native was arrested in July after officers said he barked at a police canine which was on duty at the time.
One week later, the Gainesville State Attorney dropped the charges saying "in my view, no arrest should have been made in the case."
Muschamp suspended Morrison before the case was dropped, saying he was disappointed in his actions, particularly because he was arrested after 3 a.m. Muschamp said he's told players nothing good can happen at the time of the morning.
But with the charge dropped in that case, and a deferred prosecution agreement in place for hitting a nightclub doorman prior to that case, Muschamp said Morrison has learned a valuable lesson.
“I think he’s remorseful about the whole situation," Muschamp said. "We’ve moved forward. Guys make mistakes and have poor judgment at times. I’m just disappointed with how the whole night was handled.”
Morrison's teammates plan to welcome him back unconditionally.
"For Antonio, first off I want to say it's very unfortunate (his leegal problems)," LB Ronald Powell said. "He's a guy that's really passionate about this game, he loves the game. That's probably why he's suspended because coach knows he loves the game so much and he has to step in and give some consequences. But once it's all over, it's going to be good to see a teammate that loves the sport as much as he does, and loves being around his teammates as much as he does, to be back out there and get the experience of running out in the Swamp together as a team, collectively, and just sharing that with him."
Morrison played in 13 games last season with three starts.