Cincinnati cornerback suspended after robbery arrest

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 05: The Cincinnati Bearcats helmet sits on the bench during an NCAA football game between BYU Cougars and the Cincinnati Bearcats played on November 5, 2016 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire)
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Cincinnati Bearcats junior cornerback Alex Thomas has been arrested for aggravated robbery and has been suspended indefinitely, according to FOX 19 in Cincinnati. Thomas was arrested on Wednesday night and the university has decided not to comment on the incident further at the moment.

Thomas is reportedly booked at the Hamilton County jail and is set to face a judge on Thursday morning.

Last season, Thomas appeared in 11 games as a sophomore, finishing the year with 25 tackles and four interceptions for a total of 47 return yards. He was also credited with three passes defended.

Recruited to the Bearcats in the class of 2014 as a 2-star wide receiver out of Hollywood, Fla., Thomas chose Cincinnati over a slew of other programs, including Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, and Miami. He had first committed to play collegiately at Bowling Green before swapping to join the Bearcats.

As a freshman, he appeared in nine games at corner and finished the year with 22 tackles, one of which came for a loss. He was also given credit for one pass defended that year.

The Bearcats are heading into the 2017 season with a new head coach in former Ohio State Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell at the helm. Fickell had been with the Buckeyes since 2002 and now takes over a Cincinnati team coming off a 4-8 season in 2016.

Cincinnati ended last season on a five-game losing streak and is set to open the 2017 year at home at Nippert Stadium on Aug. 31 when the Bearcats welcome in Austin Peay.

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