University of Florida junior defensive lineman Doyce Jackson could face misdemeanor battery charges for his involvement in a fraternity house fight in Gainesville early Saturday morning. According to a sworn complaint filed with Gainesville police, Jackson allegedly struck William Latson, 21, at a party at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house in Gainesville around 4 a.m.. Latson was treated for lacerations and bruises over his left eye at Shands Hospital and released.
Police say Latson was talking to an unidentified female at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house when Jackson approached the couple and began making insulting comments.
The three separated for 15 minutes, before Jackson approached Latson as he was sitting in a courtyard and punched him in the left eye, police said. No arrests were made, but a sworn complaint filed by Gainesville police recommended to the State Attoney's Office that Jackson be charged with misdemeanor battery.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive lineman from Bradenton Southeast, did not record any tackles last season.
NCAA decides on Morris' fate
The NCAA has notified University of Florida officials of its decision on whether to reinstate Gators quarterback Kyle Morris, who was suspended last season along with three other players for gambling.
But school officials say they have postponed the announcement on Morris' fate until an investigative report is completed.
Morris, who led the Gators to a 5-1 record while passing for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns last season, was suspended along with backup quarterback Shane Matthews and two other players for the remainder of the year after UF athletic department officials discovered they gambled on college and professional football games.
In announcing the suspension of Morris, UF officials said they had determined no wagers were placed on games involving the Gators and that the gambling involved mostly small amounts.
The university has recommended to the NCAA that Morris be reinstated.