A dispute over a pair of missing cleats sent Florida QB Skyler Mornhinwegto the hospital Monday night after a fight with teammate Gerald Willis.
The University Police Department received a call about the two brawling at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but when they arrived around 7, only Mornhinweg remained. Willis, a 6-2, 255-pound freshman defensive lineman, was questioned Tuesday.
According to a police report, Willis said after Mornhinweg confronted him about the cleats he shoved the 6-3, 212-pound redshirt sophomore from Philadelphia. Mornhinweg punched Willis in the chin, but it was Mornhinweg who was treated for lacerations to the lip. Willis, from New Orleans, told police he took the cleats nearest him, indicating there was no ill intent. "It was a misunderstanding between two teammates," athletic officials said.
The players declined to press charges against each other.
The incident occurred just hours after freshman QB Treon Harris was suspended indefinitely while he is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault of a female student.
With Harris suspended and freshman Will Grier just cleared to practice after missing two weeks suffering from back spasms, Mornhinweg is essentially the lone backup to Jeff Driskel when the Gators host LSU Saturday night.
He started the final three games last season after Driskel and backup Tyler Murphy, now playing for Boston College, were injured during the season. He was 44-for-63 for 344 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
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USF: Chandler's back
TAMPA - USF's defense will receive a much-needed lift against No. 19 East Carolina on Saturday with the return of starting NT Todd Chandler.
Chandler, who ranks fourth in Division I-A with two forced fumbles, sat out a 27-10 loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 27 after a freak eye injury during a drill two days before the game.
The senior said the injury occurred when a teammate's hand accidentally went through his facemask and into his right eye, damaging a muscle behind it. Chandler also was unable to see for "a good amount of time."
"It was kind of disappointing to watch my teammates on the sideline. But it was very humbling and motivational to see those guys go out there and fight," said Chandler, who had not missed a game since he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season.
WR Andre Davis, absent the last four games with a bruised sternum, was upgraded to probable for ECU. He reiterated that he is "100 percent" and "good to go."
PREACHING PERFECTION: Coach Willie Taggart emphasized that only a "perfect game" will give the Bulls a chance to upset ECU (4-1). "That's what it takes to win games like this where teams that can score as fast as they can and are playing with the confidence they have," Taggart said. "You have to be able to match it."
Jeff Odom, Times correspondent
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UM: QB mystery
MIAMI - Munchie Legaux is going to get a chance to run the Cincinnati offense, something he thought was a longshot a few months ago. The senior from New Orleans feared his career was over when he suffered a gruesome injury to his left knee during the second game last season. He recovered enough to win a backup spot behind Gunner Kiel heading into this season. With Kiel sidelined by severely bruised ribs, Legaux is competing for a chance to start Saturday at Miami. Legaux finished the second half of a 41-14 loss to Memphis Saturday after Kiel got hurt. "We prepare the same way no matter what," Miami LB Denzel Perryman said. "No matter what quarterback is in the game, we just treat every quarterback the same no matter who is playing."
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UCF: vs. BYU, 7:30 Thursday, ESPN
FSU: at Syracuse, noon Saturday, ESPN
Miami: vs. Cincinnati, noon Saturday
USF:vs. East Carolina, 7 Saturday, ESPNU
Florida: vs. LSU, 7:30 Saturday, SEC Network