NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has pleaded not guilty to rape charges.

News outlets report that Croft entered the plea Wednesday during his arraignment.

Croft, 22, was indicted last month on six felony counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.

The indictment against Croft says he engaged in unlawful sexual conduct and sexual penetration in December without the woman’s consent. The indictment also states that force or coercion was used.

All eight counts involve the same woman.

The university suspended Croft after the indictment. Croft started Tennessee State’s first four games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. He started the final six games of Minnesota’s 2017 season before transferring to Tennessee State.

The Tennessean reported that the next court date is Oct. 31.

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