UF linebacker arrested for fight

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 8:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 8:47 p.m.

UF linebacker Dustin Doe was arrested early Sunday morning for fighting, Gainesville police reported.

Doe, 19, of Jasper was arrested when police responded to a large fight at about 2:25 a.m. in a downtown parking lot at 200 NW 2nd St. When officers approached the fight, Doe was among those attempting to leave the scene, according to police.

Doe is a sophomore who is a projected starter at outside linebacker for the Gators. UF athletic department spokesman Steve McLain said coach Urban Meyer is aware of the incident but has no comment at this time.

The fight involved 25 to 30 people, said Lt. Keith Kameg, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department. He said the cause of the fight wasn't clear.

"It appears the fight was over, as usual, nothing," he said.

Doe was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of affray, or public fighting with more than two people, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail. He was brought to Alachua County Jail and released Sunday on a $1,000 bond.

Police also arrested two other men allegedly involved in the fight: Raymond Leonard Smoaks, 19, of Gainesville and Jeffrey J. Brown, 20, of Brooksville. Smoaks allegedly charged at police and had to be subdued with mace, police reported.

Doe attended Suwannee High School in Live Oak. He's expected to play a significant role in the 2007 season on a Gator defense that lost several players from its championship squad.

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