GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida football player Marquis Hannah, a graduate of Miami Carol City, was arrested at 5 p.m. on Friday for allegedly forcing his way into a Gainesville apartment and punching a man in the face.
Hannah, who spent the night in the Alachua County Jail, was charged with two counts: a second-degree felony for unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling and a first-degree misdemeanor for battery. Hannah, who will be a redshirt junior next season, tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his knee in 2008 and sat out the national championship football season. Listed as a scout-team running back, Hannah joined the Gators football team in 2007 as a walk-on.
Hannah was a captain of the Miami Carol City Chiefs football team in 2005 and was selected to the Miami-Dade County all-star team following a senior season that earned him a spot on The Miami Herald's All County second-team defense. In January, Hannah was selected to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor roll. He is majoring in criminology.
University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer was unavailable for comment on Friday night. Hannah dressed for one game during his one healthy season with the Gators.
According to jail records, Hannah allegedly knocked on an apartment door at 1000 SW 62nd Blvd. -- The District on 62nd apartment complex -- at 4 p.m. on Friday and then pushed his way inside the apartment once the door had been opened by a female occupant. Once inside the apartment, Hannah began yelling at two females "that they needed to talk," according to Gainesville police. The commotion awoke a man, who had been sleeping in the apartment's bedroom. The man walked into the living area of the apartment and began questioning why his girlfriend was being accosted.
At this time, Hannah allegedly struck the man in the face, according to police records. The victim then grabbed Hannah and pulled him outside of the apartment. According to jail records, Hannah told police post-Miranda that the male victim first bumped Hannah in the chest before the fighting ensued.