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Antonio Morrison to make first start of season for Gators

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison will garner his first starting assignment of the season against Tennessee today, based on a depth chart update provided by UF.

It's been a four-week wait since the beginning of the season for Morrison to earn his way back into the starting lineup. He was suspended for the Gators' season-opening win over Toledo, stemming from a bizarre offseason arrest.

He then came off the bench in UF's loss to Miami the following week, and Florida was idle last week. Morrison gets his first action as a starter this season against SEC East rival Tennessee Saturday, and will face one of the nation's most formidable offensive lines in doing so. Morrison, just a sophomore, was among the Gators' top defenders by the end of his freshman season last year.

Against Miami, despite not starting, he made a team-high seven tackles, with five of them unassisted.

Morrison was initially suspended for two games after his arrest on a charge of interfering with a police canine when he barked at a police dog. The charge was quickly dropped after a county sheriff and a state attorney said the arrest shouldn't have been made. Weeks later, Morrison's suspension was reduced to just one game, allowing him to take the field against the Hurricanes.

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