Sanders Commings arrested

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings was arrested Saturday on simple battery and domestic violence charges after allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face during a dispute early Saturday morning.

UGA police booked Commings at 9:06 a.m. ET Saturday and he was released on $1,000 bond at 4:49 p.m., according to the jail's online booking report.

According to UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, Commings and his girlfriend were involved in an altercation at the corner of Jackson and Broad streets in downtown Athens at about 1 a.m. ET, and witnesses flagged down UGA police officers soon thereafter.

"After conducting interviews, it was determined that Sanders Commings and his girlfriend, who was with these people that we now were talking to, had been in an altercation of some sort -- basically where there was an argument," Williamson said. "The witnesses tried to intervene. At that time, he reached around one of the witnesses and struck her."

Williamson said UGA police officers obtained a warrant from a magistrate judge at about 7 a.m. ET and arrested Commings at his apartment afterward.

"I'm aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information. However, any time a student-athlete is arrested, it is a matter of serious concern," Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement Saturday.

Commings recently decided to return to Georgia for his senior season, passing up an opportunity to enter the NFL draft. He started all 14 games and was fourth on the team with 55 tackles last season.

David Ching covers University of Georgia athletics for DawgNation.