By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The trial for suspended Florida State tailback Dalvin Cook will begin earlier than expected, with jury selection on Aug. 21 and the trial beginning three days later.

Judge Augustus D. Aikens Jr. ruled in favor of a defense request for a speedy trial. Cook was scheduled to have an arraignment on Sept. 2 with a trial to begin later in the month or October.

Cook, who ran for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman in 2014, is charged with misdemeanor battery. He allegedly punched a woman outside a Tallahassee bar in June.

The 20-year-old Miami native has been suspended indefinitely from the team pending the outcome of the case.

Florida State opens the season on Sept. 5 against Texas State.

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