Georgia cornerback Commings jailed in Athens

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- University of Georgia football player Sanders Commings has been jailed in Athens on a domestic violence charge.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson says the 21-year-old senior cornerback was arrested early Saturday after he struck his girlfriend in the face on a street corner in downtown Athens.

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

Williamson says bystanders saw Commings in a confrontation with the woman at about 1 a.m. and separated them. He says the witnesses then flagged down a police officer for help.

A jail employee told The Associated Press that Commings remained jailed Saturday and may have to wait until Sunday to have a bond set by a judge.

Authorities said they didn't know if Commings, one of 10 defensive starters slated to return to the Bulldogs for the 2012 season, had an attorney.