Florida junior cornerback Brian Edwards was arrested Monday and is facing a charge of simple battery/date violence following an altercation with his girlfriend in his apartment, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.
According to the report, Edwards and the woman got into an argument and as she attempted to leave the apartment, Edward grabbed her by the neck to stop her.
She had marks on her neck and a scratch on her shoulder, according to the report.
Edwards, 20, and the woman have been dating for two years, according to the report. A witness to the incident intervened in an effort to stop the argument and then called 911, according to police.
A simple battery charge is a misdemeanor under Florida law.
Edwards made his first appearance Tuesday, pleaded not guilty, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, according to court records.
Edwards, who is from Miramar, has played in 18 games in his UF career. This past season, he recorded nine tackles, four pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
He finished the spring as a backup at one of the cornerback spots.