Updated at 2:45 p.m. with additional details.
The same day as a Florida Gators freshman quarterback was accused of sexual battery, another had a run-in with the law – and a teammate – outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and freshman defensive end Gerald Willis were involved in a fight outside The Swamp in Gainesville, Florida, early Monday evening. The Gainesville Sun first reported the incident.
According to the police report, obtained by OnlyGators.com on Tuesday afternoon, a complaint was received by the University of Florida Police Department at approximately 7:06 p.m., but by the time officer Stephanie Williams arrived on the scene, the incident was “already resolved and all involved parties were separated.”
The players declined to press charges against each other, and both are listed on the police report as victims.
“It was a misunderstanding between two teammates,” a Gators team spokesman told OnlyGators.com Tuesday afternoon.
Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson was at the scene by the time Williams arrived, and the officer also spoke with assistant athletics director George Wynn, “who was in his office” and “had no knowledge of the physical fight.”
Robinson told Williams that the Gators “would deal with the issue internally,” but she still went on to speak with the players involved.
Williams met with Mornhinweg in the stadium’s training room and observed that he had “small lacerations on his lower lip,” which he admitted was from the fight.
From the police report obtained by OnlyGators.com:
Mornhinweg stated the fight was over a pair of football cleats. Mornhinweg stated that his football cleats went missing and they were later located by UAA staff in the locker of Willis. Mornhinweg stated that today outside the stadium, he spoke with Willis about his cleats being found in Willis’ locker. The two individuals then got into a verbal argument over the cleats that escalated into a physical fight between the two. Mornhinweg completed a Complaint Withdrawal Affidavit with no intent to prosecute Willis. UAA staff took Mornhinweg to Shands South ER to have the lacerations on his lip treated.
Willis was not on the scene at the time of the incident, so Williams met with him on Tuesday to obtain his side of the story.
Willis told me he was eating his dinner sitting on one of the concrete barriers outside of the stadium near the entrance to the Heavener Complex. Willis told me he was approached by William Skyler Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg stood over him and asked him about a pair of cleats. Mornhinweg told Willis he had been looking for a pair of cleats for about a week with #17 on the back of them. Mornhinweg told Willis he located the cleats inside his (Willis’) locker. Willis told me he grabbed a pair of cleats the other day in the locker room. Willis was in fear of being late to practice and couldn’t locate his cleats. Willis told me he grabbed the nearest pair to him.
Willis told me words were exchanged between him and Mornhinweg. Willis felt threatened by Mornhinweg standing over him like he was. Willis stood up; he and Mornhinweg were in each others face. Willis pushed Mornhinweg and then Mornhinweg struck Willis on the chin with a closed fist. Willis then struck Mornhinweg in the mouth. Willis had a small patch of hair on his chin. Willis pulled the hair to the side and I could see a small cut. Willis did not need medical attention.
With Treon Harris suspended indefinitely while under investigation and redshirt junior Jeff Driskel likely starting the Gators’ next game, Mornhinweg is expected to be the team’s second-string signal caller on Saturday evening against the LSU Tigers.
Freshman QB Will Grier has not played this season, missing the last three weeks (two games) with back spasms. He is expected to receive a redshirt for the 2014 campaign.
Mornhinweg started the final three games of the 2013 season (all losses) for Florida, finishing with 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 69.8 percent passing. He has not yet played in 2014.
Willis, a five-star recruit, has played sparingly in his first collegiate season. According to Gatorbait.net, he was benched ahead of the Kentucky and Alabama games “for disciplinary reasons.”
There has been no word from the school regarding any potential punishments for Mornhinweg and Willis, and head coach Will Muschamp will not meet with the media until Wednesday afternoon, the first time he will have an opportunity to address these incidents as his weekly media availability was canceled on Monday.