Gators QB Harris accused of sexual assault
Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been suspended indefinitely while being under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student on campus early Sunday morning, the school announced today.
No charges have been filed, but Harris is suspended from all team activities.
“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” UF president Bernie Machen said in a statement. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”
Harris relieved Jeff Driskel near the end of the third quarter of Saturday's game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium after the Gators' offense had struggled all day. He helped the team erase a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit and extend UF's winning streak to 10 games over the Vols.
Harris, who had two touchdowns on the only throws of his career coming into the game against the Vols, led both of the Gators' scoring drives after coming in for Driskel. The Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, FL) product went 2-of-4 passing for 17 yards and had 24 rushing yards.
Because the offense responded to Harris on Saturday, he may have been in line to get the start for the Gators in their next game. Now, Muschamp, coordinator Kurt Roper and the offensive staff will have to prepare Will Grier to be the primary backup while Harris is sidelined.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave