Florida Gators starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arrested over the weekend and charged with fighting and resisting arrest without violence, police in Gainesville, Fla., confirmed.
Gainesville Police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg says police saw Jenkins punch another man in the head shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. When Jenkins continued fighting, they shot him with a Taser, and he tried to run away.
Kameg says Jenkins told police the fight started because he thought someone was going to steal the gold chain around his neck.
Jenkins' attorney Huntley Johnson says he believes his client acted in self-defense and prosecution will be deferred or charges dismissed.
A spokesman for the University of Florida's athletic association said no action has been taken.
Jenkins was named to the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team last year and became the second true freshman in school history to start at cornerback on opening day.
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.