Wednesday Practice Report

Steven Harris is eligible to play against Tennessee after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges. The defensive end came to an agreement with the State Attorney's office Wednesday...

Defensive end Steven Harris reached a deal with the State Attorney's Office on Wednesday, keeping him out of the courtroom and back on the football field.

The redshirt freshman, who was charged with felony battery on a Florida student, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after a jury failed to reach a verdict during Friday's trial.

As a result of the agreement, Harris faces six months of probation, a mandatory evaluation for anger management and restitution payment to the victim, Brian Assent, 22, for medical expenses.

"I just wanted to move on," said Harris, who has practiced with the team for the past three weeks despite his game suspension. "I'm tired of everything. I just want to move on with my life."

Because the defensive end has already missed three games in the process, Coach Ron Zook said Harris has been reinstated and is eligible to play against Tennessee.

"When the situation arises, he'll be ready to go," Zook said. "I'm just glad it's resolved, and we'll go forward from here."

During last week's trial, the jury deliberated for more than four hours before returning a 5-1 not-guilty vote. A retrial was scheduled for Oct. 13, but State Attorney William Cervone and Harris' attorney, Robert Rush, came to the deal to keep the case from returning to the courtroom.

Harris, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound backup defensive end, worked out with the scout team in his first season with Florida.


Curtis Leak has his mind made up. He'll be fair. He just won't be fashionable. As the father of Chris and C.J. Leak, both backup quarterbacks for opposing teams, the dad had himself in a twist.

What would he wear to the game?

On one end, C.J. is a senior for the Volunteers. But Chris is a freshman for the Gators.

"I'll wear an orange shirt split between the shades of Tennessee and Florida," he said. "And I'll have the No. 12 printed on. I can stay neutral like that."

Considering both players where the same jersey number, Curtis should be safe.

After years of adversity involving constant recruiting drama, the father said he couldn't be happier now that both have settled into their schools.

"They may not be on the same team, but they'll be on the same field," he said. "Our sons worked things out for the best. Both seem to be happy. And as a father, nothing in the world could make me feel better."


LB Todd McCullough remains questionable for Saturday's showdown, but he has continued to make progress since missing the Florida A&M game with a sprained shoulder. "Todd practiced quite a bit," Zook said. "I think it's still going to be a game-time type thing."… FS Jarvis Herring and CB Tremaine McCollum, who both suffered dislocated elbows, could see limited action Saturday. Should the pair be able to play, they will wear braces on the injured arms. "You can get a few plays out of them," Zook said. "And a few plays could go a long way."

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