Gophers linebacker Lamonte Edwards was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules, a U of M spokesman confirmed Wednesday.


According to a search warrant, Edwards was arrested after an iPhone was stolen from another U of M athlete in a weight room inside a Gophers athletics building on June 18. Tracking software led police to Edwards, who first said the phone belonged to his cousin. When questioned later by U of M Police, he admitted he stole the phone from the weight room, according to the warrant and a U of M Police report.

A U of M Police spokesman said Edwards was released. Charges are pending from the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office.

Edwards, a junior who played in high school at Woodbury, transitioned from running back to linebacker during the course of his career. He made eight tackles during the 2012 season and started one game, against New Hampshire.