FAU allows WR facing two felony battery charges to return to team

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: Sheldrick Redwine #22 of the Miami Hurricanes knocks Kalib Woods #4 of the Florida Atlantic Owls out of bounds as he runs with the ball on September 10, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Florida Atlantic wide receiver Kalib Woods will be able to play Saturday against North Texas after he was cleared by the school to officially rejoin the team.

Woods, FAU’s leading receiver in 2016, was suspended from the team over the summer after his arrest on two felony battery charges. Woods was charged for his alleged role in a January fight.

Thursday, a Florida Atlantic disciplinary committee allowed him to return to the team.

“I applaud the university for doing the right thing despite the fact that criminal charges are still pending,” Woods’ lawyer Michael Gottlieb told OwlAccess.com.

Woods’ next court date is set for January 10 and has entered a not guilty plea. He’s accused of breaking a man’s jaw in a fight. According to an affidavit, the alleged victim’s jaw was wired shut for “several weeks.”

After the charges were filed over the summer, Woods was told he couldn’t set foot on FAU’s campus. That has been rescinded and he’s been allowed to practice with the team.

Woods had 68 catches for 934 yards and a touchdown in 2016. No other FAU player had more than 24 catches. With a win over North Texas on Saturday — another team without a loss in Conference USA — Florida Atlantic will move to 3-0 in the conference and stay in first place in the East division.

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