Harris charged with a misdemeanor

Florida quarterback Treon Harris was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

The freshman was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, a second-degree misdemeanor. Court records show that Treon Harris has never had a license.

Harris’ attorney, Huntley Johnson, told the Gainesville Sun that the freshman is in the process of trying to secure a driver’s license. When Harris does get a license, Johnson expects the misdemeanor to be dropped.

“We are aware of the incident and are dealing with it internally and their bowl status hasn’t changed," UAA spokesman said in a statement.

UFPD public information officer Brad Barber told the Orlando Sentinel that officers smelled marijuana and found two small bags of the drug in a storage pocket of the vehicle. Harris was driving while freshmen defensive bucks J.C. Jackson and Jalen Tabor were also in the car. No charges were filed because none of the players were in possession of marijuana and the car did not belong to anyone in the vehicle.

His arraignment is set for January 15, 2015.

Harris took over the starting quarterback position for the Gators against Georgia and helped the team to a 3-2 record in the last five games of the year as the starter. He ended the season completed 50 percent of his passes (50-100) for 896 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Harris had a pass efficiency rating of 142.4 and averaged 112 passing yards per game. He also added 291 rushing yards for three touchdowns.

Taking over the reigns of the offense, Florida wanted Harris to take care of the football. Jeff Driskel’s turnover issues plagued the offense and gave opponents short field or touchdowns. Harris was asked to take care of the football above all else, and he did that.

As he got more time on the field, Harris started to struggle with the accuracy on his throws down the field. That was no more obvious than the Florida State game when he went 13-32 for 169 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

There has been no indication of what new Florida coach Jim McElwain will do with the quarterback position next year, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the starting job were open going into spring practice. McElwain could also sign a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class that could get into the mix.

The Gators have been on the practice field all week, preparing to face East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on January 3.


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