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UGA’s Branden Smith arrested on weed charge

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As Georgia gets set to kick off spring practice a week from tomorrow, the Bulldogs have an off-field issue with which to deal.

According to a website called, Georgia cornerback Branden Smith was arrested Sunday night and charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop.  Smith was the driver of a 2007 Dodge Charger when it was pulled over in Henry County (Ga.).

At the time of the traffic stop Deputy Motzenbecker smelled what appeared to be marijuana from the vehicle. The driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle and the vehicle searched. On searching the vehicle the deputy found a bag of marijuana wrapped up under the seat of the vehicle.

Both the driver and passenger were arrested and booked into the Henry County Jail for Possession of Marijuana, a misdemeanor offense. The time of the arrest was about 11:41 PM tonight.

Smith and his passenger were reportedly headed to the beach for spring break.  UGA has yet to comment on Smith’s arrest.

In 2011, Smith played in 14 games, starting seven of those contests and intercepting two passes.  Smith was one of several Bulldogs who eschewed early entry into the NFL draft and instead returned to UGA for another season.

Smith becomes the second starting member of UGA’s secondary to be arrested in less than two months; in January, corner Sanders Commings was charged with domestic violence and simple battery.  He was suspended for two games as a result.

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  1. mrslay1 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:29 AM

    Come on Mark…Get these kids in line!

  2. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 8:36 AM

    These darn kids just don’t use their head. You would think they would give a little thought, to trying to stay out of trouble, but I guess an athletic scholarship, doesn’t make you too smart does it. I hope, even though our CB ranks are beginning to get thin, that Coach Richt puts his butt on the bench for at least 4 games. he was being depe3nded on by UGA to be a team leader. You can’t blame a coach on things like this. This kid is a senior and by now, should be a little smarter with his personal life than he is.

  3. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 9:07 AM

    A day without an UGA off-field problem is like a day without sunshine…

  4. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 9:10 AM

    In 2013, there have been two instances. I think a certain school in Texas makes UGA pale in comparison. Last year UGA didn’t have any Fulmer cup points. Still, being on the board this early this year or any year for that fact, makes me mad.

  5. malcolmkyle says: Mar 12, 2012 9:11 AM

    Want to know what a return to alcohol prohibition would look like? 

Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, Feb, 2010:  A 13 strong, heavily armed gang of illegal alcohol “bootleggers” kidnapped two members of a rival gang, tortured them, homosexually assaulted them, and then buried them alive.

    Now add to that the problem of tainted booze:

    In just one instance alone, in 2009, more than 100 people died after drinking toxic alcohol in the Indian state of Gujarat (India’s only dry state) and another 200 victims were hospitalized. The Indian police raided 1,200 liquor dens and arrested more than 800 people as they searched for those responsible for the illegal alcohol.

    We can either ask the Tooth Fairy to stop people taking drugs or we can decide to regulate them properly. Prohibition is not regulation, it’s a hideous nightmare for all of us and our families – except of course for the lowest lifeforms amongst us.

    Because Drug cartels will always have an endless supply of ready cash for wages, bribery and equipment, no amount of tax money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again -only an end to prohibition can do that!

    How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

  6. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 9:20 AM

    Dear Woebegong: I think you meant 2012, right?

    Here are some examples of UGA problems from last year:

    I like this one from 2010:

  7. dee6634 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    UGA athletes. Why do you think we call them Dopes?

  8. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    This young man is in store for a 1 game suspension. That will teach him!

    Good job coach! How’s that nice guy reputation working out for you and your team?

  9. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 9:44 AM

    Your reference to UGA locker room arrest had nothing to do with UGA athletes. These were high school kids, two of which weren’t there for any other reason than to see the campus, that got into the locker rooms, and swiped some stuff from the players. They subsequently caught and most of the items were returned. One of them, was recruited and signed by Tenn.
    As far as the Fulmer cup standing for the year 2012 go, UGA did not have a single point on the list last year, according to “Everyday Should be Saturday”, the supposed originator of this list.
    And thirdly, I don’t think you can blame a coach for some stupid actions of a kid, did 200 miles away from Campus, on a spring break. Coach richt does not condone this, anymore than the coach of your favorite school does. Coach Richt is plenty tough enough when he has control over what these kids do. Branden Smith will sit out at least two games, which is the policy of UGA’s athletic dept. The second offense would be 6 games and the third would be loss of scholarship at UGA. Besides Kentucky, name another school in the SEC, with a stringent and publicly known stand and punishment against drug offenders.

  10. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 9:48 AM

    What school do you favor that has such a lilly white reputation DEE? I am sure I can find a few things involvING misdeeds by their athletes as well. Stupid statements like you just made should be confined to papers like the AJC, where they would equate your stupid comment as a hit for their readership and a reasonable, well thought out comment.

  11. gamustangdude says: Mar 12, 2012 11:00 AM


    Don’t worry about the masses; anytime a SEC story comes out here comes Dixie and every other yahoo trolling, these guys are obviously jealous of SEC schools, any of them. It’s alright; he doesn’t have the marbles to tell us what school he cheers for. I’m willing to bet that it’s a school that isn’t relevant.

  12. sprizzle2182 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    lets see how ur great coach handles this one…GA fans talk more crap about Saban than anyone but at least our coach knows how to keep our guys in line…

  13. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    Dear gamustagdude:

    Is UGA relevant? They didn’t beat a top-25 team last year.

    Lucky for you, UGA has the softest schedule around missing all 2 of the “dominant” SEC teams.

    Here’s to the 2012 regular season giving you false hope only to get blown out in the SEC championship game (again) and then your bowl game.

    UGA’s fine opponents in 2012:
    Florida Atlantic
    South Carolina
    Ole Miss
    Georgia Southern
    Georgia Tech

  14. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 11:19 AM

    If you read a little more about it, you would know that the penalties for UGA are transparent, and posted above. We don’t report stuff as “Violation of school rules”, or unnamed discretion. As for keeping them in line, what is Alabama’s policy about a kid getting caught violating the drug policy.

  15. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 11:22 AM

    Could very well be my friend. When presented with the facts, they usually resort to insults, or show that they really have not researched the policies of other schools, or anything like that. CMR runs a pretty clean program, but like I said, no coach can be responsible for what kids do away from school. He can warn them all he wants and if they are hard headed, they will continue to ignore any good advice they get.

  16. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 11:24 AM

    It is relevant enough for you to feel the need to berate UGA and comment on them isn’t it?

  17. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 11:26 AM


    Do I smell another Pre-Season #1 ranking followed by a regular season implosion?

    That would be awesome!

  18. gamustangdude says: Mar 12, 2012 12:15 PM

    mydixienormus says:
    Mar 12, 2012 11:17 AM
    Dear gamustagdude:

    Is UGA relevant? They didn’t beat a top-25 team last year.

    Lucky for you, UGA has the softest schedule around missing all 2 of the “dominant” SEC teams.

    Here’s to the 2012 regular season giving you false hope only to get blown out in the SEC championship game (again) and then your bowl game.

    UGA’s fine opponents in 2012:
    Florida Atlantic
    South Carolina
    Ole Miss
    Georgia Southern
    Georgia Tech


    Here’s how we’ll settle this UGA relevancy, ok little guy?

    Are you commenting on a UGA story? Do you comment on multiple UGA stories? That at least tells me that UGA is relevant enough to YOU that’ll lead YOU to comment on UGA stories.

    Is UGA relevant to the world of College football, some say yes, some will say no? UGA is ranked among the top 10 of 120 FBS schools on most boards. UGA, even with its “weak” SEC Schedule, still was ranked 23rd in terms of SOS according to Jeff Saragin, meaning out of the 246 teams USA today ranked, 223 of them had a “weaker” schedule than UGA. UGA’s schedule maybe “weak” according to SEC standards, but having the 23 toughest schedule out of 246 teams, isn’t that bad. Therefore I won’t lose sleep. Whether UGA is relevant is up for discussion, But UGA is relevant to you, or you wouldn’t comment would you?

  19. dee6634 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    Hey Woebegong,

    You sure are touchy about offseason drug arrests and domestic violence charges.

    How many clean drug tests did your running backs have this year?

    You can take up for UGA all you want. And the recruits stealing in the locker room is a classic. It really is. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it about any place else.

  20. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    Just for your information only 1 of them was considered a possible signer and he brought along the other two as his buddies. Unique yes, but it doesn’t reflect on a discipline problem at UGA. And I am far from touchy, but when a person obviously adds nothing to the conversation with their stupid little remarks, and only wants to incite a response, you can bet almost any DAWG fan, will take offense to stupid remarks like the one below.

    “dee6634 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    UGA athletes. Why do you think we call them Dopes?”

    By the way, what school do you belong to or are a fan of?

  21. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    Can’t you answer a simple question or are you ashamed to say it?
    What super clean school are you a fan of? You seem anxious to make disparaging remarks about UGA, so I think you may be hiding something about your loyalty to your school, if you have one.

  22. dee6634 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    Not at all. I’m a Vanderbilt fan.

    Oh yeah, before you mention the tired rant on the cheap shot artist, just know that he was kicked off the team for his on field transgressions.

    I respect Richt and have always admired his character.

    I’ll put our stance and belief in student/athletes against any school.

    My original comment was a play on the slogan: “Why do you think they call it Dope?”

    Or did your need to lash out cause your blindness?

  23. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    Gee I guess I am blind.
    Your quote, “UGA Athletes. Why do you think we call them dopes.” I mean anybody would obviously know you were not directing it at UGA athletes. Perhaps, you need to open your eyes a little bit, and not be so blind. Let’s insert Vanderbilt for UGA in your original statement and see if you believe it might be directed towards Vanderbilt, versus being a play on words.
    It is there for any one to see, I am sure that 99.9% of the people reading your statement would come to the same conclusion.

  24. lakesidegator says: Mar 12, 2012 3:14 PM

    University of Ganja Bulldogs,
    claiming such alumni as Bob Marley, JimmyCliff,
    Cheech & Chong, et al.

  25. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 3:20 PM


    I am a Washington Husky fan. The last thugary issue I can remember is a D Lineman stomping on a soccer players face at a party 2+ years ago. Guess what? Coach Sark kicked him off the team immediately.

    No 2 game suspension, no slap on the wrist. No prayers. etc.

    UW had some issues back in 2000 with Slick Rick in charge. He was fired much after that.

    Note: I would rather be good and have off field issues than the opposite.

    Coach Willingham ran a clean program, but he couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag.

    Coach Sark has UW on the way back to where it belongs.

    If it makes you feel any better, follow Oregon Football. They are the UGA of the Pac 12 regarding off-field trouble.

  26. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    So smoking dope is considered a thuggery issue. And you are trying to tell me, that no one at your school would dare do that, for fear of being thought of as a thug.
    Wow, I would hate to think of what you are calling the TCU folks involved in the drug controversy there.
    I am in no way trying to justify what these two kids did, on their way to the gulf coast, but please explain to me or provide proof, that Branden Smith has been guilty of thuggery, as you call it. He is guilty of not using his head and a stupid act. It is not a mistake, but it is by no means, unique to the UGA, SEC, or college in general.
    You need to do some research before calling a young kid, albeit a stupid one, a thug. For that fact, branding a university as having thugs on their team, shows me that you know little about UGA, other than what other people trying to insult them, have written.
    To equate somebody stomping a kids head in to someone getting caught smoking weed, is hardly the same thing. You might be interested in knowing that the passenger in the car with branden, had been caught, just last week, by the same police officer, in Henry County Alabama, for the same offense. Stupidly, he was in the same car as Braden, so for all we know at the moment, Braden may not have been smoking, but his passenger was. A simple blood test, could prove it one way or another, but I would guess that Coach Richt would still suspend him for allowing the kid to smoke it in the car. UGA is one of only two universities in the SEC, that has a policy of set mandatory punishments for alcohol and drug related instances. Coach Richt is a very good man, and believes in giving a kid, when ever possible a second chance, but the rules are in place to take care of the problem. After the conviction or law part of it is through, the university will announce the suspension and reason for it publicly. You will not see any of this crap about breaking school policy or the such.

  27. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    Oh please, a Gator fan talking about smoking weed or acting self righteous. It doesn’t get much funnier than that. Surely you do remember one of the starters on your defense, that was recently dismissed for multiple times he was caught smoking weed. How about the 8 arrest since Mushcamp took over as coach. And no, they were not all Urban Meyer recruits, and even if they were, they represented your university.
    Please try a different story line, because your discipline problems are far greater the last few years are greater by far, than UGA’s.

  28. dee6634 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:39 PM


    You really didn’t get it. Did you?

    Good luck with whatever it is that gets you up in the morning.

  29. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    There really isn’t much to get. Your poor grammar is your problem. If you had phrased your statement properly, it would have been easily understandable I guess, but the way you phrased it, leaves very little doubt as to your meaning.

  30. tberry11 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:48 PM

    It’s a damn shame this happens but I remember when I was 17 – 21 in college.. I couldn’t find enough pot. These kids should just cook some brownies and forget about smoking it. That’s crazy. Anyway, I grew out of those days but these kids that have such a great sports career ahead of themselves…. I just hate it. Just glad I never got caught!! WAR EAGLE but also Love the DOGS. My parents graduated from UGA!!

  31. ibreathefootball says: Mar 12, 2012 7:49 PM

    Legalize It

  32. tberry11 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:11 PM

    I am all for legalization. Have been supporting that movement since 1969!! It is honestly time we seriously consider that alternative.

  33. timh1955 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:16 AM

    Let that happen at Alabama and see how Saban would handle it. The players know their days of playing at Alabama would be over.

  34. lakesidegator says: Mar 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    @ woebegong. You seem a bit like an incompetent traffic cop (albeit not the officer that busted your player; he seems to have done a credible job). Your response over looks the fact that it’s a TWO-WAY street, i.e. you and your fans blast the Gators for their errant behavior, yet you rile-up when one of us comments on the screw-up of one of you own. Relax, take a couple of heavy hits, and if that doesn’t do it, here — take this xanax. And, please, tear-up that ticket you wrote me for going the wrong way on a one-way street.

  35. woebegong says: Mar 13, 2012 6:05 PM

    And you as usual act like a typical gator fan. When confronted with the facts, you try and wise crack your way out of things. That would work if I even gave a darn about your opinion, but since I don’t, go right ahead with your dumb little remarks, if they make you feel better.

  36. lakesidegator says: Mar 13, 2012 6:53 PM

    May I suggest to you a book…Beyond Anger…?

  37. tberry11 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:59 PM

    I absolutely love your comment!! “Beyond Anger” and incredible book that many ravid crazies that have their total identity wrapped up in college football should read. Hey guys, it’s just a sport and if you have not noticed, your world won’t end if your beloved team screws up…… it’s called life!! These kids screw up and I don’t care who the coach is they can’t control every movement they make. Period!! But I must say WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!

  38. tgriley says: Mar 13, 2012 9:12 PM

    He was arrested in Henry county (AL), not (GA). Near a little town called Headland

  39. lakesidegator says: Mar 18, 2012 1:19 PM

    Hi. I’m back from the Death Penalty Seminar.

  40. gatiger says: Aug 31, 2012 6:41 PM

    I know Coach Richt probably gave him a very stern talking to. He’s listed as the starter, not even going to miss a game.

    Bet he’s learned his lesson!

  41. woebegong says: Aug 31, 2012 7:06 PM

    I think if you read the whole history, you will find that he passed a dope test the next day, and passed , and test the following week at the town where he got arrested and passed. The cops dropped the charges and he even went to a class in Alabama on dope. Two weeks after the incident, he passed another dope test, so the only real thing he was guilty of, is having a poor choice in friends.

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