Freshman safety Scottie Young Jr., one of the top young players during the Arizona Wildcats' 2-2 start, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident, court records show.

Young, 18, was cited for assault by University of Arizona police. He made an initial appearance in Pima County Justice Court Thursday. 

He's facing one charge of misdemeanor assault/knowingly causing injury and is scheduled for arraignment in front of Judge Adam Watters on October 11, according to court records.

The details of the incident weren't immediately available. The UA issued a statement to the Star late Thursday that read: “We’re aware that Scottie Young was charged with a misdemeanor, as was the other party involved. We are working with the university’s Dean of Students Office to gather more information.”

Young’s UA career had gotten off to a promising start. Praised since the beginning of training camp by coaches and teammates, Young became the starter at free safety.

Through four games, Young had accumulated 20 tackles, third most on the team. He also had 1 1/2 stops for losses.

Pro Football Focus rated Young as the fifth-best freshman in the country, regardless of position, entering this weekend’s games. Young attended Helix High School in San Diego.

Arizona (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) is off this weekend before visiting Colorado a week from Saturday.

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