Florida teammates – QB Mornhinweg, DE Willis – get in fight outside The Swamp

By Adam Silverstein
October 7, 2014

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.


  1. G2 says:

    Unreal, what else can happen? I heard on Jax radio that rumor is Willis may get dismissed over this.
    Man, things coming unglued!

    • Please don’t take rumors you hear on radio as factual. There is plenty of time to speculate and ruminate on topics on the radio. I doubt Florida is going to dismiss a five-star DE over a skirmish.

      • SB says:

        Or said more bluntly than Adam can on his own site, don’t listen to anything you hear on sports talk radio. That is not where news is broken, it’s where rumors are made up.

        • Ken (CA) says:

          And in other news, Adam Silverstein is scheduled to appear on ESPN radio this afternoon to comment on the Football situation at Florida! 🙂 (joke!)

      • G2 says:

        My bad!

      • ntcrze says:

        I agree, but if it’s true that he was suspended already for a couple of games for ‘disciplinary reasons'” he might be a bad apple that needs to be removed from the barrel before he spoils the whole bunch. Five star or not, he might be a troublemaker that the gators would be better off getting rid of. Anyway, with UF’s recent track record with five star recruits, why think he’s any good? Bullard did play well on the inside against Tennessee, but he has been a poor defensive end and D.J. Humphries is still a starter for no reason I can discern. Along with Driskel and Debose, its getting to the point that Hargreaves is the only five star that has panned out so far.

  2. cline says:

    what a depressing week so far for Muschamp’s squad. Where are the leaders on the team?

  3. SW FL Joe says:

    Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Muschamp and staff need to get a grip and rally this team quickly before this week completely spirals out of control.

  4. g8ter27 says:

    Yes things look bad but I imagine it is no picnic this week in Baton Rouge either.

  5. Kaput says:

    Foley should not allow Muschamp to make ANY roster decisions at this point. NONE.

    Coaching the team is doing enough damage.

    Foley – Please, please, please fire this guy. It’s more than embarrassing, what’s happening to my school. I HATE it!

  6. W2 says:

    Teammates fight on teams it happens usually not in public but it happens. Let just hope everybody’s head is in the game Saturday, and we have no more distractions.

  7. Ken (CA) says:

    wow…seriously? These kids seem to have some serious issues. Just as they get to step into the spotlight they do something stupid (or they have been doing something stupid more often and we are just now hearing about it because they are in the limelight). I saw a list of arrests during WM tenure last night, and there are actually a lot more than I thought there were

    • There is a better, much more comprehensive list of arrests on this very website, so I’m not going to link offsite to something less informative.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        fair enough, I didn’t realize it, it had seemed so quiet lately, thought we only had 1 arrest in last 14 months or so, I was really surprised when someone showed me that, hadn’t really been paying attention since it hadn’t seemed so prevalent as it was with Zook and Meyer

  8. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Dumpster fire……

  9. Razzlegator says:

    About all that’s left is Muschamp getting in a fight down on frat row. (How much longer is the ‘show us some love’ banner gonna keep pestering me?)

  10. Gator John says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see what the big deal is. I mean I get the fact that with the recent issue plaguing the program, it’s like sharks smelling blood in the water. The media will scrutinize every little thing about the UF program now. But come on..teammates fight all the time. Yeah, it’s usually on the field during practice, and this one seemed to not get settled until afterwards. Let’s not let the fact that the negative microscope is being focused on the Gators drive us to make things bigger than they really are among our own fan base.
    Great stuff as always, Adam.
    Go Gators!

  11. J-skool says:

    The timing sucks, but big deal? No. Brothers fight. Sisters fight. Shoot, plenty of teammates fight, and not all teammates are friends. Get over it.

    I’m not saying it isn’t newsworthy, but the melodrama in these comments makes you wonder sometimes…

  12. 305Gator says:

    I believe most of you are over reacting to two teammates getting into a fight . If they would have pulled knives, swords, machetes or guns then I would join all of you in the “outrage”. You all need to relax.
    Good one Razzle, the thought of Muschamp duking it out with some frat boys is very amusing indeed.
    Seriously though let’s just let the week and season play out without getting into a tizzy.
    Go Gators.

  13. Mr2Bits says:

    Not really sure how a fight outside of the locker room is that big of a deal. These guys go head-to-head every day for 3-4 months and tempers/emotions run high….likely just an on field fight that spilled over after practice….happens to every team.

  14. bdown says:

    You can’t trust a locker room thief…..no trust in the player sanctuary, no trust on the field…..no matter the status of either play, good or bad, walk on or 5*…..this team has no leadership, no accountability, and a head coach who’d rather talk smack to the Tennessee fans in his post game interview….where is the leadership in this program?

    • SH Gator says:


      Do you know that these cleats were actually stolen? We don’t know for sure now do we? I heard he was borrowing his buddy Jordan Sherit’s cleats who has the same number as Skyler. Regardless, lets pump the breaks before we start calling a kid a thief!! This crap happens all the time at every university and I hope he punched Sklyer’s bitch ass right into a transfer after the season. There are plenty of leaders on this team and an excited coach saying he was happy to send home a bunch of fans that were chanting F YOU FL the last min of the game was fine by me. Shows emotion and I’m okay with a HC showing some emotion after a big W on the road in front of 100K plus acting like a bunch of trash!!!

      • bdown says:

        I’m pretty sure I made a statement and never accused anyone by name, you CAN’T trust a locker room thief…..no trust, so if that was the case a kid did steal, oh say a laptop, we should all be ok with it….or like you, just call a 3rd string college QB a bitch…..I can certainly see why you have no issuses with an immature coach…..head coaches don’t respond to fans, they rise above “F U Florida” period, his players just made the only statement needed. You SHshshshould pump the brakes, er breaks, SHuper fan. And I could be wrong, but the Univerity released roster has these numbers listed:

        8 Skyler Mornhinweg QB 6′ 3″ 212 RSO 1L Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep

        17 Jordan Sherit DL 6′ 4″ 247 RFR SQ Tampa/Hillsborough, but I’m sure you’re right.

        • Malikg says:

          [bdown] — if Jordan Sherit’s number is 17, and Mornhinweg was mad about someone taking cleats with the #17 on them, doesn’t that lend credence to Willis’ contention that he thought he had taken Sherit’s cleats? It sounds like it could be a misunderstanding and a fight from it.

          Big deal. They should get internally punished and be embarrassed that they brought more negative light on the team, but come on.

          • bdown says:

            Like i said in my first remark on this topic, you can’t trust a locker room thief and apparently the head coach feels the same way. Muschamp’s quote from his press conference: “Nobody stole anything. If anybody stole anything, they wouldn’t be on this football team anymore, I can assure you of that.” Glad to see that he feels the same way about the issue…….that was my only point, you can’t trust a locker room theif!

      • Michael Jones says:

        If you hope Willis “punched Skyler’s bitch ass right into a transfer,” then I could care less about your opinion as to what is or isn’t acceptable behavior from our head coach. As a matter of fact, if you think it’s okay, then I’m pretty sure that means it isn’t.

        Now go ahead and raise hell. I won’t be reading any more of your nonsense.

  15. Tank says:

    Stealing cleats sounds more like a prank than a straight up theft. Happens often as do the ensuing scuffles. None of us would even know about this if it wasn’t for the sexual assault claim.

  16. N. Stalker says:

    Foley quoted. No domestic violence. How about this so called fight. Please Foley get on top of things. Fire Muschamp now. Bench driskel. Chalk this year as a loss and pay whatever price to hire Charlie Strong.

    • Joe says:

      Really?! 3 incidents in 15 months and it’s time to call in another DC with minimal head coaching experience to come into a program that craves an offensive minded HC? Silly. I love Charlie but he is not the answer for this offensively ravenous fan base.

  17. W2 says:

    Goodness it’s no proof the kid stole the shoes. And I’m sure if he stole shoes from a teammate he has enough sense not to keep them in the locker room where said teammates will see them. Stop putting WM on the cross everytime something happen with the players. He can’t hold there hands and walk around with them all day. Go Gators.

  18. boston_gator says:

    pay these guys and they won’t be fighting over cleats.

  19. Fphin says:

    Lmao,Skyler must punch more accurately than he throws a football.Right square in the chin.

  20. SaraGator says:

    I don’t understand why the police was called in the first place. It was an argument that got escalated into a brawl. It happens. I’ve seen worse at my family reunion and my brothers/cousins are best buds.

  21. foxygatorfan says:

    These players need to be educated that while it is great to be aggressive ON the football field aggression OFF the field can land you in alot of trouble in real life. Why can’t those two players just have a normal discussion and talk about what happened instead of fighting each other. To me this behavior is not “manly” at all. In fact it shows a lack of maturity and growth. Maybe the coaches need to do more since it is happening often.

    Idiot freshman quarterback throws away his chance to be UF leader. This really shows stupidity/ He’ss get the consequences.

    They all should develop more humility and LESS entitlement.

  22. lee says:

    A 5 star D end feeling threatened by a back-up QB??? Put Mornigwheg on D and let Willis handle onside kicking duties

  23. Oldflyer says:

    It is sad, though predictable, that some folks take this thread as an opportunity to attack the Gator Head Coach once again.

  24. USA says:

    Brothers fight all the time. Nothing wrong with that. Just shouldn’t be doing it in public! Interesting to see what Muschamp will say in tomorrow’s press conference. Well really not.. It’ll probably be something like he always says, “We are handling the situation internally” and “It is what it is.”

  25. Razzlegator says:

    It is what it is, but oh how I wish it weren’t.

  26. AJ says:

    I agree with the above posts that the real issue is someone possibly stealing from a teammate. Maybe (hopefully) just a misunderstanding but that sort of thing is a serious issue. I’m not concerned at all with the fight.

    A few years ago, the Yankees released one of their top prospects after they caught him stealing from Jeter’s locker.

  27. Michael Jones says:

    I think that poo-pooing this thing as a typical scuffle between teammates or “brothers and sisters” is incorrect. This looks like a different kind of animal to me. I don’t know the specifics of how it went down, but it’s clearly not a practice field-type skirmish where tempers flare. This looks like an uglier situation.

    I don’t know how Mornhinweg approached Willis or why Willis felt it was appropriate to bust his lip–but I hope this isn’t indicative of a bigger, more serious problem . . . although I think that a conversation that escalates into a fistfight between two teammates is in and of itself a little more serious than some of you seem to think.

    • 305Gator says:

      “I don’t know the specifics of how it went down…….”
      No you don’t and neither does anyone else here, yet you proceed to make an indictment of a “serious” situation after admitting you don’t know crap.
      Guess what, Muschamp should very well handle this internally.
      Why do so many of you want to make this much more than it seems?

      • Michael Jones says:

        Why don’t you slow down and actually read what you are responding to? I never said it was “serious,” only that perhaps it was more serious than some of you want to give it credit for. I hope it’s not. The only thing I do know is that a player punched a teammate in the mouth hard enough to cause lacerations and it didn’t happen on the practice field or in the locker room. Some of you want to act like that’s business as usual, but you know it’s not. Closing your eyes and clicking your heels or burying your head in the sand doesn’t make it something it’s not.

        I don’t know if it’s serious or not (and neither do you). I admitted that none of us know the specifics so not sure why you feel the need to remind me of that. I agree that it would be premature to label it as “serious.” But it would also be premature to label it as “no big deal” (although I earnestly hope it’s the latter and not the former).

    • senuod says:

      Specifics that I have read…most likely from this site:

      – Morningwheg approached Willis about his missing cleats with his OLD number 17
      – Willis was sitting down and didn’t appreciate Morningwheg’s questioning/standing above him/posturing…whatever
      – Willis pushed Morningwheg out of his face, so Morningwheg punched him in the chin
      – Willis threw a punch back
      – Fight over

      Willis stated that he was borrowing cleats from the current #17….
      This looks like one huge misunderstanding. Not a case of a locker room theif. A misunderstanding that’s blown out of proportion because of everything else going on this week.

      Let’s focus on LSU. Treon’s situation is now in the hands of the law. THIS cleat situation is nothing worth condemning a program over.

      • senuod says:

        …and both players have cuts from the fight. Morningwheg has the lacerations on his lip. Willis has a cut on his chin. Both are culpable for this misunderstanding, but that’s all it appears to be.

        • Michael Jones says:

          Sounds like nothing more serious than a cocky BS attitude (if you don’t like somebody asking you questions while you are sitting down, then either stand up or ignore the questions . . it doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on the person asking you the questions). Thanks for the update.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        I have also read that the staff put the cleats in the wrong locker which is why Skyler was in Willis locker, and that while not overly serious, Skyler was taken to the emergency room and treated for cuts and abrasions

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