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Antonio Morrison | Linebacker

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218

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Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison announced Tuesday that he is returning for his senior season.
"I'm returning to Florida and I will be getting my degree in 2015. That plays a big role in why I'm returning," Morrison said. "And as a leader of this team, I want to lead my team to Atlanta and possibly a national championship. Coach McElwain has put together a great staff and I'm looking forward to working with them this year." The All-SEC second-team selection led the Gators with 101 tackles this season, and added six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Morrison has 191 career tackles in 33 games. He's undersized, but Morrison is fast, athletic, and explosive into the hole. Jan 8 - 11:41 PM

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Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison "may join the list of Florida Gator underclassmen opting for the draft," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

It's a rather cryptic line, though it seems logical that Morrison would wait until hearing from the Advisory Board before making a final decision. Morrison is undersized, but he's fast, athletic, and explosive into the hole. Pauline has noted in the past that Morrison's best fit might be as an inside 3-4 NFL linebacker.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:41:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison is "lightly undersized but swift and explosive."

"Morrison is very much a linebacker in the body of a safety and a defender who makes plays sideline to sideline," Pauline wrote. "Prior to the Florida State contest Morrison led all Gator defenders with 98 tackles, 40 more than his nearest teammate. He added 5 more during the loss to the Seminoles. He’ll be looked upon as a natural fit at weak side linebacker yet considering the multiple fronts used in today’s NFL, Morrison will also be given consideration on the inside of a 3-4 alignment which allows him to freely run to the action." As the analyst notes, Morrison's draft stock should be aided greatly by the NFL's paradigm shift to an appreciation of versatility and speed.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp believes sophomore LB Antonio Morrison will be healthy for spring practice.

Morrison underwent knee surgery on Wednesday morning. It has been a difficult season for Morrison, starting with an offseason arrest, but he earned the starting linebacker job in September. Expect him to keep that role this spring.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Florida rarely gives details on injuries, so don't expect to hear any revealing updates from head coach Will Muschamp regarding Morrison's injury. The sophomore made headlines over the summer after his was arrested for barking at a police dog, but he emerged as Florida's starting middle linebacker in September.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison has been named the starting middle linebacker.

Morrison's suspension for the opener against Toledo stemmed from a July incident in which he allegedly barked at a police dog and resisted arrest. The charges were later dropped. Morrison returned in Week 2 to record seven tackles against the Hurricanes and has now been officially re-inserted into the starting lineup.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Head coach Will Muschamp has reduced Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison's two-game suspension to one.

Morrison was charged in June with misdemeanor battery after he punched a bouncer in the head. In July, Morrison was arrested for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest, charges that were later dropped. Perhaps Muschamp changed his mind about the penalty after the latter charge was dropped. You shouldn't be surprised to learn, however, that Florida plays Miami in game No. 2. Morrison will only sit out Florida's opener against Toledo.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison attended team meetings on Thursday.

Fellow linebacker Michael Taylor announced the news, but didn't go as far to say that Morrison has been reinstated. The latter was arrested earlier this summer after barking at a police guard, but later the charges were dropped.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 05:41:00 PM

The misdemeanor charges for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest against Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison have been dropped.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said the "dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant much less legally sustain those charges, and the complete inappropriateness of pursing court action against Morrison, or anyone else, under the circumstances involved." Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell told the Gainesville Sun that Morrison should have received a warning instead of being arrested. We wonder if head coach Will Muschamp will lift Morrison's suspension soon.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp has suspended sophomore LB Antonio Morrison following his arrest on Saturday.

"I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making," Muschamp said. "He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season." Although the arrest was for barking at a police dog, this is Morrison's second arrest this offseason.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 12:45:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison was arrest on Saturday night for barking at a police dog.

"According to the police report Morrison annoyed the cops by barking at the dog, which caused the arrest," Gator Country wrote. The linebacker was released from authorities later that night. This is not Morrison's first run-in with police, as he was arrested in June on a simple battery charge.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison was arrested early Sunday morning on a simple battery charge.

The charge is only a misdemeanor, but it is the first off-field incident involving a Florida player in quite some time. Morrison reportedly became angry after being asked to leave a club and said, "Don't you know who I am? I'm a football player. I'm Antonio." He allegedly followed that question up by punching the bouncer in the head. Morrison is expected to secure a starting spot this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 08:36:00 AM