UF band director attacked by UM fan after season-opening game

UF band director attacked by UM fan after season-opening game

The University of Florida's band director says he was attacked Saturday night after the school's football game against the University of Miami in Orlando.

According to a report by College Marching.com and other sources, Hurricanes fans rushed the UF band while they remained in parade formation leaving the field.

Florida band director Dr. Jay Watkins tried to intervene and was savagely attacked. A female Miami fan reportedly tried to cut through the group, which drew the attention of Watkins.

"Dr. Watkins saved multiple members from worse injuries by stepping in to stop these fans and in turn put himself in harms way".

Director Jay Watkins "went out to try to stop this person and when he did, somebody else grabbed him behind in a chokehold and threw him on the pavement", Orlando said. He was treated for on the scene by OFD for a cut to his head with stitches.

No students were injured and a report has been filed with the Orlando Police Department, Orlando said, but no arrests have been made.

The former Gators coach was a special attendee of the game and was shown by ESPN reacting to a late Feleipe Franks interception that gave the Hurricanes a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.

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