Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team, the school announced Wednesday, one day after he was charged with aggravated assault/family violence, a felony, against his girlfriend.
A police report obtained by several media outlets, including the Athens Banner-Herald, said Taylor "had offensively used his hands to choke (the victim) and had also struck her several times with a closed fist" in a dorm room on Georgia's campus.
Taylor also had been arrested in March, on charges of theft by deception, a misdemeanor. In that instance, he was one of four Georgia players arrested after student tuition checks had been presented for deposit or cashed twice. Taylor had accepted a pretrial intervention sentence in that case in June.
Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 339-pounder, played both nose tackle and end in the Bulldogs' 3-4 defense. He appeared in 10 games last season as a redshirt freshman and was expected to play extensively this fall. He was a consensus national top-60 prospect and a top-five defensive tackle in the 2012 recruiting class.