- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Suspended Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison is apparently back with the team, but school officials are not saying whether Morrison has been reinstated.
Redshirt junior linebacker Michael Taylor said Thursday evening that Morrison attended a linebackers meeting earlier in the day. Morrison had been suspended indefinitely since his July 21 arrest for allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. The charges were dropped two days later. UF coach Will Muschamp said during the team's Aug. 1 media day that Morrison would miss a portion of camp.
A UF spokesman would not confirm that Morrison has been reinstated. Muschamp is scheduled to address the media on Friday at 11:45 a.m.
Muschamp said that Morrison would also miss the first two games of the season as part of his punishment for his second arrest in five weeks.
Morrison -- a 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore expected to be the Gators’ starting middle linebacker this season -- was arrested on June 16 for battery after he allegedly punched a nightclub bouncer because he was not given a discounted rate for admission.
Morrison entered into a deferred prosecution agreement for that arrest that stated he must pay $100 in prosecution costs and also must pay an additional $150 or perform 12 hours of community service. He must also complete a University of Florida drug and alcohol abuse course, attend an anger management course, and participate in two eight-hour ride-alongs with the University of Florida Police Department.
State attorney Bill Cervone said that Morrison’s second arrest did not violate the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement and that those charges will be dismissed if Morrison completes the terms of the agreement within six months.
In other injury news, freshman linebacker Matt Rolin has suffered another torn ACL and will miss the season, according to a source close to the team.
The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Rolin enrolled in January but missed spring practice because he was recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury he suffered in high school. He was cleared for full-contact practice and was injured during practice on Wednesday.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release injury information. Rolin was ESPN RecruitingNation’s No. 5 outside linebacker and the nation’s 80th-ranked player overall coming out of Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods.
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