GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida defensive end Steven Harris pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery Wednesday and is eligible to play this week against Tennessee.
Harris' plea came five days after his felony battery case ended
in a mistrial.
Under terms of the plea agreement, Harris faces six months of probation, will have a mandatory evaluation for anger management
and must pay restitution to the victim, Brian Assent, for medical
expenses. He also avoids a future trial.
Florida coach Ron Zook suspended Harris indefinitely after he
was arrested in April outside a Gainesville nightclub. Harris was
allowed to return to practice two weeks ago, and Zook lifted the
suspension entirely for Florida's (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 Associated Press) home game against Tennessee (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 Associated Press).
"He went through the judicial system, and he's missed three
games," Zook said. "He's been practicing here the last couple of
weeks, and he's ready to go. It gives you another defensive lineman
The jury was deadlocked at 5-1 in favor of acquittal when
the mistrial was declared.
"I wanted to get this thing over with, go on with my life and
get back on the field as soon as possible," said Harris, a
redshirt freshman. "It was in my best interest."