Miami Hurricanes safety depth tested following Avantae Williams suspension

Jan 2, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Update: Avantae Williams has been dismissed from the Miami football program

Safety depth for the Miami Hurricanes will be tested following the suspension of Avantae Williams on Thursday. The Miami football program suspended Williams after an arrest for domestic violence on his pregnant girlfriend. An argument between Williams and his ex-girlfriend who is seven months pregnant escalated.

The child his ex-girlfriend is reportedly carrying is Williams’. Williams told his ex to pack her belongings and leave their shared apartment and be gone by the time he returned from practice according to a report from the Miami Herald. According to the police report Williams grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the bed.

That followed with Williams allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the hair and throwing her outside. Utilizing an expletive for emphasis, Williams told her to get out. The Herald reported the ex-girlfriend hit her head on the ground and paramedics took her to West Kendall Hospital with multiple bruises throughout her body.

The unnamed victim suffered bruises to her arms, back and two broken fingernails. Following the arrest, Williams was suspended from all Miami football team activities according to athletic department spokesman Cameron Ghorbi as told to the Herald. Williams was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim.

Williams was reportedly booked into Miami-Dade jail on Wednesday and was still there Thursday morning. Miami signed Williams in 2020 as the second-ranked consensus safety. Williams missed the 2020 season with an undisclosed medical condition. Williams was projected to be part of the Miami safety rotation in 2021.

Primary Miami Hurricanes safeties, Bubba Bolden, Amari Carter and Gurvan Hall return in 2021. Carter is expected to receive snaps at striker with Bolden and Hall expected to be the starting safeties. Brian Balom, Kamren Kinchens, Keshawn Washington and five-star 2021 signee James Williams give Miami exceptional depth.

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Williams is being held on a $30,000 bond. No timetable was mentioned for Williams’ suspension that is likely indefinite. As the situation plays out in court, Williams has another hindrance to his Miami Hurricanes development. Williams’ medical situation was unfortunate. The decision on Wednesday was unavoidable.