FAU’s leading receiver Kalib Woods suspended following arrest

FAU wide receiver Kalib Woods (4) during the Florida Atlantic University Owls spring scrimmage football game in Boca Raton, Florida on April 22, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Less than two months before the start of training camp, Florida Atlantic University has suspended redshirt senior and star wide receiver Kalib Woods indefinitely following an arrest on Tuesday morning.

Woods, who caught 68 balls for 934 yards and a touchdown in 2016, was officially charged with two counts of felony battery and was released on $50,000 bond from Palm Beach County’s Main Detention Center.

Online records show that Woods, a Jacksonville native, was arrested by FAU police and was booked shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

“We are aware of the matter with Kalib Woods,” FAU released in an official statement Wednesday. “He was suspended from the team on Tuesday and will remain suspended pending the outcome of the charges.”

Chuck King of FAUOwlAccess.com reported Wednesday night that the arrest stemmed from a January incident at a bar involving a female patron. Woods reportedly denied that he was there on Jan. 13, the night that an incident report was filed.

A warrant for Woods’ arrest was issued last month. Court documents state that while Woods can continue to attend classes — FAU’s second summer semester begins June 26 — he is not allowed contact with the victim or witnesses.

In addition, Woods is prohibited from using weapons or social media. As of late Wednesday night, Woods’ Twitter account was deleted, though his Facebook account remained active.

Woods, one of the few remaining players left from Carl Pelini’s first team in 2013, was expected to play a big role for the Owls in 2017. Woods enters the campaign only 52 receptions behind Cortez Gent’s school record and 1,005 behind Gent’s record for receiving yards.

Woods, who will turn 23 in September, served as a captain last season and took part in last week’s satellite camps as a volunteer coach. With a strong senior season in new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles’ scheme, Woods could raise his draft stock and become FAU’s first offensive player selected in the draft since Alfred Morris in 2012.

Now, Woods’ future in an Owls uniform remains uncertain.

Ironically, the team’s official Twitter account released a promotional video on Wednesday featuring Woods along with several other players. The video remained up even after the arrest was made public.

Woods will be due in court on June 27 for an arraignment.

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