Sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested and charged with simple domestic battery following a dispute with a woman he shares an apartment with on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, coach Will Muschamp suspended him from the program indefinitely.
Leonard was expected to be the second-string tight end in spring practice after playing frequently as a true freshman and racking up eight catches for 99 yards.
“This behavior will not be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time,” Muschamp said in a statement. “I certainly don’t condone this type of behavior — it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program.”
Florida will enter spring practice with only two tight ends on the roster, assuming Leonard’s suspension is not lifted before then.
Junior Jordan Reed caught 28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns during the 2011 season. He will be joined by sophomore Clay Burton, who did not record any receiving statistics as a true freshman in 2011.
The Gators signed a pair of freshman tight ends in their 2012 recruiting class. Kent Taylor was the No. 81 player in the Gator Country composite recruiting rankings, while Colin Thompson was the No. 140 player. Both are expected to enroll this summer.