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Jon Taylor, who was arrested on aggravated assault/family violence charges early Tuesday morning, is no longer a member of the Georgia Bulldogs football team.

The news of the 20-year-old defensive lineman's dismissal came via a brief statement issued by the school's Athletic Department on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police statements, Taylor is accused of choking and hitting his girlfriend at McWhorter Hall (an on-campus residence) and was taken to the Athens-Clarke County jail early Tuesday.

He posted $5,000 bail on Wednesday and was released at 11:45 a.m.

In the incident report filed by the arresting officer, it was determined that "Jonathan Maurice Taylor had offensively used his hands to choke her and had also struck her several times with a closed fist."

It was Taylor's second arrest; he and three other UGA players were charged with theft by deception in March.

Just last month the 6-foot-5, 336-pound redshirt sophomore entered a pretrial intervention program (PTI) in which first-time offenders can avoid prosecution by performing community service, making restitution to their victims (if applicable), and participating in individual and group counseling.

Tuesday's arrest violated conditions of the PTI and all but ended any hopes Taylor had of remaining with the team.

A Jenkins County High School standout, Taylor played in 10 games for Georgia in 2013. He recorded nine tackles with a career-best five coming against Appalachian State.

He also had some of the best defensive stats during the G-Day game in April with seven tackles and two sacks.

In the preseason depth chart, Taylor was listed as third-team nose tackle behind starter Mike Thornton and Chris Mayes.

The Bulldogs, who open the season at home on Aug. 30 against Clemson, return eight starters on defense this fall.


July 24, 2014


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