Muschamp: Morrison suspension possible

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp said starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison could miss games as punishment for his offseason arrest, but he hasn't made that determination yet.

Muschamp, speaking at the annual SEC Media Days, said Morrison is already being disciplined since his June 16 arrest for battery after allegedly punching a bouncer at a Gainesville, Fla., nightclub because he was not given a discounted rate for admission. Muschamp said he wants to discipline players when they make that kind of mistake but also educate them to make sure they don't put themselves into that position again.

Morrison was given a deferred prosecution agreement in late June, which states he must pay $100 in prosecution costs and also must pay an additional $150 or perform 12 hours of community service. He must also complete a University of Florida drug and alcohol abuse course, attend an anger management course, and participate in two eight-hour ride-alongs with the University of Florida Police Department.

If Morrison meets those conditions within six months, the battery charge will be dismissed.

Even though he can't be around his players at this time of year and his time with them during other parts of the year is severely regulated, he believes he is responsible for their off-field behavior.

"When you sign a student-athlete to come to the University of Florida, I look at his parents, guardians, whoever is important to him in his life, [and] tell them it's my job to be an extension of what's already happened at home," Muschamp said. "You're 100 percent responsible for the young man."

Some other quick items of note from Tuesday

Muschamp said he was supportive of quarterback Jeff Driskel signing a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox. He said he told Driskel that if he were his son, he'd advise him to sign the contract.

Florida has never had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, but it looks like that streak could be broken in 2013. Sophomore Matt Jones had a great spring and Muschamp said he's primed for a big season. Mike Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards last season, making him the first UF back to rush for 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004.

"That's not going to be the exception any more at Florida," Muschamp said. "That's going to be the norm."