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UK player who scored 49-yard touchdown this season accused of assaulting girlfriend

The first touch for UK’s Zy’Aire Hughes went for a TD

Kentucky wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes talks about scoring on a 49-yard touchdown off a pass/reverse in 48-10 win over Murray State. A sophomore from Paducah, Hughes had not touched the ball before on offense for the Cats.
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Kentucky wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes talks about scoring on a 49-yard touchdown off a pass/reverse in 48-10 win over Murray State. A sophomore from Paducah, Hughes had not touched the ball before on offense for the Cats.

A University of Kentucky football player was arrested early Sunday on assault charges after his girlfriend suffered minor injuries, according to court and jail records.

Zy’Aire Hughes, 21, was arrested about 4:15 a.m. on Woodland Avenue in Lexington on the charge of assault fourth-degree, according to court records.

Fourth degree assault is a misdemeanor.

Hughes is accused of intentionally causing physical harm to his girlfriend at an apartment building in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue near the UK campus, according to his arrest citation. The victim had bruising and fresh scratches, police said.

Lexington Police Lt. Scott May said the victim’s injuries were minor and she did not have to be taken to a hospital.

Hughes will be arraigned Monday at 1 p.m.

UK Athletics officials said Sunday they are still gathering more information about Hughes’ arrest.

“We’re aware of the situation,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said in a statement released by UK. “We’re in the process of gathering information. Proper behavior is an expectation of our program and we will address this as the facts are determined.”

When reached for comment Monday afternoon, Tony Neely, UK’s sports information director, said the university has no further comment and the program continues to evaluate Hughes’ arrest.

Neely said there is no specific policy for how the university handles assault arrests of its student-athletes and each is handled on an individual basis.

Hughes, a 6-foot-1, 182-pound sophomore wide receiver from Paducah, has played in 14 career games, including seven this season.

In his only collegiate touch, the former McCracken County star went 49 yards for a touchdown versus Murray State.

In recent weeks, Kentucky’s coaches had discussed trying to get Hughes, one of the fastest players on the team, more involved in the offense. Last season, he played in seven games at cornerback and on special teams.

At McCracken County, Hughes had 4,914 passing yards with 46 touchdowns, 2,779 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns and 1,128 receiving yards on 89 catches for another 10 scores.

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