Muschamp: Morrison made ‘poor decision'

In this March 15, 2013 file photo, Florida head coach Will Muschamp gets in the face of linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) after Morrison threw a player to the ground during a drill at the first of two open spring football practices.

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Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said sophomore linebacker Will Morrison is still suspended from team activities, but will be in camp for the start of preseason practice next week.

Muschamp suspended Morrison for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks on Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest earlier that morning. Both charges are misdemeanors. The arrest, however, is in question and charges may be dropped.

“Just disappointed,” said Muschamp, who is spending part of his day Tuesday at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. “You're a father figure to all these young men. You got 85 guys on scholarship, you got another 20-25 walk-ons, over 100 kids. You're responsible for those kids. And it's your job to educate them and make sure they're making good choices and decisions. They're not all going to make good choices and decisions, unfortunately. They're not always going to have great judgment. That doesn't make them a bad person.

“Antonio Morrison is a great young man. He's been raised right. Anthony and Valentine, his parents, are wonderful people. As a matter of fact, I was on the phone with them last night. He just had some poor judgment in that situation. Nothing good happens after midnight. He made a poor decision to be out at 3 o'clock in the morning."

Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami. He played in 13 games, with three starts as a freshman, and is expected to have a bigger role this season.

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