Tag:A.C. Leonard
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:11 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The latest Florida Gator to be arrested has also become the latest Gator to be suspended.

Rising sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard was suspended indefinitely by Florida head coach Will Muschamp Thursday, following Leonard's Wednesday evening arrest on charges of simple domestic battery.

"This behavior will not will be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time," Muschamp said in a statement. "I certainly don't condone this type of behavior - it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."

That may be the case, but it's only fair to say that arrests of one kind or another are precisely what many other people expect from the University of Florida football program--Leonard's was the 10th arrest of a Gator since Muschamp's hire 14 months ago. And the details of this one are uglier than most: according to the account given to police by Leonard's girlfriend, Leonard knocked her over with a two-handed shove, attempted to drag her out of their apartment by her hair, did pull her out by grabbing both feet, then locked the door. She reportedly suffered abrasions on both arms.

Leonard was jailed overnight Wednesday and released on his own recognizance Thursday. A blue-chip prospect in Muschamp's inaugural 2011 recruiting class, he caught eight passes for 99 yards his freshman season.

In Muschamp's defense, of the nine Gators arrested during his tenure (former corner Janoris Jenkins was arrested twice in early 2011 before being dismissed), eight of them were either signed or recruited by his predecessor Urban Meyer, Leonard included. But it was also Muschamp who vowed when he was hired that the Gators would adhere to a higher standard of behavior he dubbed the "Florida Way"; as of yet, those words seem to have fallen on deaf ears where his roster is concerned.

And judging by this picture of an (as of yet officially) unidentified Florida player riding his scooter inside the Gator football complex, tweeted early Friday morning by safety Matt Elam, those ears haven't gone un-deaf yet:

Photo HT: Throw the Flag.

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 12:17 pm

Florida loses freshman TE for 2 months

Posted by Chip Patterson

As Florida continues to shift around personnel with their new staff, head coach Will Muschamp had to make some more moves after losing A.C. Leonard to a knee injury.

Muschamp told the Gainesville Sun Leonard had surgery on Wednesday to repair torn meniscus, and is expected to miss up to two months. Leonard was ranked among the best tight ends in the 2011 class according to most recruiting services.  Muschamp indicated that the decision whether or not Leonard would redshirt the 2011 season will be made at a later date.  The freshman tight end was listed third on the depth chart behind Jordan Reed and Gerald Christian, and his absence has forced the staff to move some players around.

Defensive end Clay Burton, younger brother of sophomore Trey, will move to tight end to add some depth at that position. Wide receiver Omarius Hines will also spend some time lining up at tight end "in certain situations," a position he assumed at times in 2010.

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