Posted by Jerry Hinnen
“I’m aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information,” Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by the university. “However, any time a student-athlete is arrested it is a matter of serious concern.”
University police chief Jimmy Williamson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers had been "flagged down" by a group of five people in downtown Athens shortly after 1 a.m., a group that included the alleged female victim and four witnesses. Per the group's testimony, the victim and Commings -- who Williamson indicated have been "cohabitating in some way" -- had been involved in some kind of verbal exchange when Commings struck her in the face. The witnesses broke up the altercation and Commings then left the scene.
A warrant was issued for Commings' arrest and he was later taken into custody at his apartment. He was freed Saturday afternoon on $1,000 bond. Williamson indicated the complete public police report would not be available until Monday morning.
A rising senior, Commings started all 14 games this season for a Bulldog pass defense that finished the year 10th overall and fourth in opponent's passing efficiency rating. Commings led the team with 12 passes broken up. Assuming the arrest does not affect his return for 2012, he will be one of 10 returning starters on a Bulldog defense that will be -- easily -- the most experienced in the SEC.
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