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Rickerson charged with felony battery, is kicked off Gators team

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida cornerback Jacques Rickerson was kicked off the team following his arrest on a felony battery charge.

The 20-year-old sophomore from St. Augustine was being held in the Alachua County jail Tuesday. According to the Gainesville Sun, no bond had been set yet.

Gainesville police said Rickerson slapped his girlfriend on the face, choked her, then covered her face with a pillow when she tried to scream for help.
Authorities say the altercation started when she asked him to leave her apartment and Rickerson got upset.

According to the Sun, the woman told police Rickerson blocked the door and took her cell phone when she tried to flee the room and call police.

The police report indicated the woman had visible marks on her arm, neck and chest, according to the Sun.

Rickerson played in all eight games this season as a backup, recording 10 tackles and an interception.

"Jacques Rickerson is no longer part of our team -- that is not what our program is about," coach Urban Meyer said in a statement.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.