University of Florida police received a complaint about redshirt sophomore quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis getting into a fight outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Monday night. After officers were called to the stadium at 7 p.m., only one of the players was still at the scene when they arrived.
Both players declined to press charges.
“It was a misunderstanding between two teammates,” a Florida spokesman said on Tuesday.
Mornhinweg told University of Florida police that the fight was over a pair of football cleats. The quarterback's cleats went missing and were located in Willis' locker. Mornhinweg found Willis outside of the stadium and confronted him about it. Willis told police that he pushed Mornhinweg. The quarterback hit Willis in the chin, and Mornhinweg countered by hitting Willis in the mouth.
Mornhinweg is potentially in line to serve as the backup quarterback to Jeff Driskel on Saturday. After Treon Harris was suspended from team activities on Monday following sexual assault allegations, Mornhinweg and freshman Will Grier are the two options to serve as Driskel’s backup this weekend. Mornhinweg started the final three games last season, ending the year with 344 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception while completing 69.8 percent of his passes.
Grier tweeted that he was cleared for Monday’s practice after missing the previous three weeks with back spasms. He didn’t travel for Florida’s game at Alabama but was on the sideline in sweats during Florida’s win at Tennessee on Saturday. It seemed likely that Grier would redshirt this season, but Harris’ suspension means Grier could end up getting reps as the backup quarterback depending on how quickly he gets back to action in practice.
Willis, a former five-star recruit, has played in two games this season. The Louisiana native has four tackles, half of a tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry.
Florida returns to action on Saturday when it hosts SEC West rival LSU at 7:30 on the SEC Network.
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