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Mario Pender dismissed from FSU football team after strangulation arrest

Mugshot of Florida State running back Mario Pender

Leon County Jail

Mugshot of Florida State running back Mario Pender

Florida State running back Mario Pender was jailed Saturday on complaints of domestic battery by strangulation and resisting an officer without violence.

The Seminoles dismissed Pender from the football team hours after the arrest. 

The Leon County Jail confirmed the arrest but provided no other details on the arrest by the Tallahassee Police Department. A TPD spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Pender, a 5-foot-10, 204-pound Cape Coral native was expected to be one of the Seminoles' top backups last year but missed most of the season with a collapsed lung. In 12 career games over the past two seasons, he rushed 71 times for 349 yards and five touchdowns.

Pender, 23, did not participate in the spring game, and his role was already uncertain heading into the 2016 season. Starter Dalvin Cook is a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate. St. Petersburg Catholic product Ryan Green switched back to running back and performed well in the spring game, and Jacques Patrick rushed for 314 yards and five touchdowns last fall as a true freshman.

FSU announced his dismissal Saturday night but otherwise declined comment. 

[Last modified: Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:27pm]


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