Thursday, November 6, 2008

Don't ever sneak in Ronnie Wilson's window

Ronnie Wilson might finally be through as a Florida Gator.

Wilson (left, I count over 30 bullet holes) dazzled us last year when he fired an assault rifle in the air outside a nightclub because he wanted a student to "know how it feels to be scared," producing a very entertaining 911 call.

He was then busted for marijuana while sitting out last season, but Urban Meyer let him back on the team for a supposed last chance.

Well, it seems he has used that chance.

Wilson was charged with one count of assault and one count of battery for his role in a fight in the early morning hours of Oct. 5. If that date seems familiar to you, in addition to being Jesse Palmer's birthday, it was the day after the Gators' 38-7 win at Arkansas.

So as soon as Wilson got back in town, he hurried off to a party and punched two chicks in the face.

Now, Wilson hasn't been at practice lately, but Meyer has yet to announce that he's off the team. He was non-committal on Wednesday, saying he hadn't spoken to Wilson in "a while," and that he didn't want to comment.

You have to figure Wilson is gone at this point, signaling a disappointing end to a promising career. Wilson was an All-SEC freshman in 2006, getting some playing time on the Gators' national title squad.

He was expected to be a diverse talent on the line -- a quality he demonstrated by switching from offense to defense when he returned this fall -- but he's showing even more diversity with his off-field problems.

He now has a gun, drug and assault charges on his record, leaving him a robbery away from the cycle.

Perhaps a more puzzling arrest is that of cornerback Jacques Rickerson, who followed Wilson's lead by trying to choke his girlfriend in the same apartment complex.

Rickerson is the bigger story here. He actually saw some meaningful playing time this season, even recording an interception, and was a real member of the team.

It's a little surprising that he could manage to get in trouble while his team is in charge of the SEC East and still in the running for a national title bid, but I guess that's what you get.

Top 1 percent of 1 percent, eh?

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