Future in doubt for OL

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 11:11 p.m.

Although Florida football coach Ron Zook said Monday he'll withhold disciplinary action until the judicial process runs its course, sophomore offensive guard Mo Mitchell's UF career appears in serious jeopardy after he and two of his teammates had sworn complaints filed against them by the Gainesville Police Department.

Mitchell was placed on probation by Zook after his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Florida State game Nov. 30, his latest misstep in a troubled season. And Zook said if Mitchell got in any further trouble he'd likely be dismissed from the team.

Well, Mitchell is in trouble again. Mitchell and freshman linebackers Brian Crum and Channing Crowder are facing eight counts of criminal mischief after allegedly ripping the mirrors off eight cars early Sunday morning in downtown Gainesville. The damage to the vehicles totals more than $1,000, GPD Cpl. Keith Kameg said.

Although a witness directed GPD Officer Carol Davis to the three players, they have denied any knowledge or participation in the damage.

The complaints will be investigated by the State Attorney's Office, which could lead to eight misdemeanor charges against the three players.

Zook said he will not discipline the players until the legal process is concluded.

"We will not be able to make any disciplinary decisions until we have all the judicial information and we have a chance to meet with the players," said Zook, who was on the road recruiting Monday.

In other news, wide receiver Antoine Sharp, a rising sophomore from Jacksonville, is planning to transfer, citing a lack of playing time. He saw only limited action this past season and likely would have had a difficult time getting in the playing rotation this spring with the addition of five freshmen receivers who redshirted in 2002.

Meanwhile, on the recruiting front, the Gators are awaiting word on two top players who visited UF this past weekend - Klein, Texas, linebacker Robert Killebrew and Hoover, Ala., wide receiver Chad Jackson. Killebrew will decide between UF and Texas and will make his announcement Wednesday, while Jackson is down to UF and Georgia.

Jacksonville Ed White cornerback Dee Webb has eliminated Florida State after visiting Tallahassee this past weekend and will choose between Florida and Miami. He will visit UM this weekend, then expects to announce his decision Monday. Although he's a long-time Hurricane fan, Webb said he has no leader at this point.

Tampa Jefferson wide receiver Andre Cadwell also is down to UM and UF and will visit the Hurricanes this weekend. He's not expected to make a decision until signing day.

You can reach Robbie Andreu by e-mail at andreur@gvillesun.com or by calling 374-5022.

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