Thursday Practice Report

Florida defensive end Steven Harris to face jury on felony charges Friday in Gainesville. Plus, Dee Webb is back....

DE Steven Harris will face a jury Friday at the Alachua County Courthouse as he will be tried for felony battery charges. The redshirt freshman was arrested in April for allegedly assaulting Brian Assent, 22, outside of a Gainesville nightclub.

Spencer Mann, the State Attorney's Office spokesman, said he expects a verdict by the end of the day. The trial begins at 9 a.m.

According to an arrest report, Harris beat Assent to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness. Then, Harris allegedly punched and kicked Assent's face into "permanent disfigurement."

Harris, a former Coral Gables High standout, has been suspended from playing in games but has been practicing with the team for the past two weeks. His fate on the football field will be decided after a verdict has been made.


CB Dee Webb will play his first collegiate game Saturday after recovering from an ankle sprain. Webb, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound true freshman, showed promise through most of preseason camp before the injury.

Coach Ron Zook said he didn't know how much Webb would be used.

"It'll depend on how the game goes," Zook said. "We want to get him in there to get him some plays. He missed two games because of the ankle, but he's worked as hard as anybody I've been around. He was very disappointed he couldn't play last week."

Defensive tackle Kenny Parker (sprained shoulder) will also return to action.


After pledging to improve the kickoff coverage unit through personnel changes, Zook rattled off this week's lineup from a piece of paper Thursday.

Webb and Gainesville native Billy Latsko were among those added to the adjusted squad.

Also included are: WR Chad Jackson, CB Matt Jackson, FS Zephrin Augustine, LB Earl Everett, RB Ciatrick Fason, SS Cory Bailey, CB Reynaldo Hill and WR Reggie Lewis or WR Dallas Baker.

Five of those listed are freshmen.

"I'm excited to kick off so we can see if it works," Zook said. "Kickoff is a lot like offensive and defensive play. I think we'll be better. These young guys realize this is an opportunity to get on the field more."


LB Todd McCullough will miss Saturday's game because of a sprained shoulder. Zook said the junior was questionable Wednesday but has now planned for him not to play.

"It's close," Zook said. "So I'd rather make sure he can play the next one [Tennessee]." The coach said he doesn't expect the loss to make much of an impact. Florida will run out of nickel and dime packages because of FAMU's wide-open offensive scheme.

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