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Provo • An alleged dispute over a parking spot at a Provo apartment complex has left a BYU football player facing criminal charges just days before the Cougars' season-opener at Nebraska.
Junior defensive back Michael Davis faces assault and rioting charges in Provo's 4th District Court for an incident that occurred on July 29, according to court documents filed last week.
"We are aware of the citation and it has been addressed by the university," BYU football spokesperson Brett Pyne said.
The assault charge is a class A misdemeanor, while the rioting charge is a Class B misdemeanor.
Davis has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has requested a jury trial. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 1.
From Glendale, Calif., Davis was recruited as a wide receiver but was moved to cornerback his freshman season. He is listed as the starter at boundary corner in the projected depth chart that BYU released on Monday.
Davis played in all 13 games last year and started in eight. He recorded 43 tackles and six pass breakups. Davis was an All-Pacific League first-team wide receiver at Glendale High near Los Angeles after making 33 catches for 409 yards and three touchdowns his senior year.
Another BYU defender, sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki, faces two misdemeanor theft charges for incidents that occurred in mid-July and has been suspended for the Nebraska game by coach Bronco Mendenhall.
The Tribune will update this story when more information becomes available.