Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer

HARRIS TRIAL NEARS

Freshman DE Steven Harris will go on trial for felony battery on Friday after his attorney and the state attorney's office failed to reach a plea agreement, Harris' attorney said. Jury selection will begin tomorrow, and the trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Robert Rush said. The trial had originally been scheduled for Oct. 13, but Rush petitioned to move it up so the matter could be resolved as quickly as possible to allow Harris to miss as few games as possible. UF coach Ron Zook had suspended Harris until the legal matters are resolved, although he has let Harris practice with the team. Harris is charged with felony battery stemming from an incident outside a Gainesville nightclub last April. According to an arrest report, Harris knocked 22-year-old Brian Assent unconscious outside the nightclub. The report also said that Harris and teammate Channing Crowder kicked Assent, knocking out a tooth, loosening five others, and leaving him with a cut on his face that required 11 stitches. Crowder pleaded no contest in June to misdemeanor batter and was placed on probation and had to either pay a fine or perform community service. Rush was seeking a similar deal for his client, but State Attorney Bill Cervone said he didn't want to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor because of the severity of Assent's injuries.

STARKS MOVES BACK

After spending the first game of the season at right guard, Max Starks started last night's game at left tackle, where he spent the entire 2002 season. Lance Butler started at right guard, next to T Randy Hand. Starks moved back to guard later in the first quarter and Tavarus Washington worked at left tackle. Washington injured his right leg when a Miami player rolled onto it during a running play, and Starks went back to left tackle.

ANOTHER BAD START

If the Gators win the coin toss against Florida A&M on Saturday, they better choose to receive the ball right away. …

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