Potential starter at Texas A&M arrested on domestic violence charges

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Josh Walker is accused of pushing his girlfriend. USATSI

Texas A&M has been able to avoid the negative headlines for the most part this offseason. After the dramatic departures of two talented quarterbacks in Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray, the quiet has been a welcome change around College Station, Texas.

That ended Friday night with the arrest of linebacker Josh Walker, a potential starter and definite contributor on the Aggies defense, on domestic violence charges. According to the Houston Chronicle and Brazos County Sheriff's office records, Walker was booked a little after 10 p.m. Friday night on "charges of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, and interfering with emergency requested for assistance."

The College Station Police Department has indicated that a dispute between Walker and his girlfriend, whom he reportedly pushed down, led to the arrest. Texas A&M announced in a statement that Walker has been suspended immediately, per athletic department policy.

Walker appeared in 11 games last season and has stared in five contests during his two years since joining the Aggies as a four-star prospect coming out of Gilmer, Texas, in the Class of 2014.

His arrest is the first major off-field issue for Texas A&M in a while, and in that time out of the headlines, we've seen Kevin Sumlin get a chance to realign the program after a couple of seasons. From Johnny Manziel's ascension in 2012 through the quarterback roulette and departure of Jake Spavital, the Aggies have had their hands full on and off the field.

While Walker's role in the 2016 Aggies defense was to be determined, it's still a position of concern for the fall given how porous the group was against the run a season ago. With stars like Myles Garrett, Daeshon Hall and Daylon Mack up front, Armani Watts on the back end of the defense and John Chavis leading the group, there's reason to believe Texas A&M should be more dominant than last year's numbers suggest.

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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