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Reserve LB is fifth Georgia defender arrested this off season

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It hasn’t exactly been a banner off season for the Georgia Bulldogs and head coach Mark Richt.

The team’s off-the-field issues continued Saturday morning when reserve linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested on charges of DUI and speeding, according to the Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) jail log. Bellamy, a redshirt freshman, was booked at 5:02 a.m. and released an hour and 20 minutes later after posting a $2,000 bond.

Bellamy is the fifth member of the Bulldogs’ defense to be arrested this off season.  The linebacker’s arrest comes on the heels of the team dismissing defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor from the team Wednesday after his second arrest. Taylor was the third member of the unit to be dismissed.

Since this is Bellamy’s first offense, he isn’t expected to be dismissed from the team, but the Georgia’s student-athlete handbook stipulates that any athlete with a DUI charge is required to be suspended for 20 percent of the team’s season. As a result, Bellamy will miss at least the first two games of the season against the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Coach Richt could decide to extend the suspension beyond two games if he deems it necessary.

The loss of Bellamy deals a blow to the Bulldogs’ linebacker depth. Bellamy, a three-star recruit in the 2013 class, was projected to be a backup behind junior Jordan Jenkins at Jack linebacker. Without Bellamy in the lineup, sophomore Johnny O’Neal will now have an opportunity to gain more playing time within the linebacker rotation.

Bellamy’s arrest is the seventh overall for the program since the end of last season and the 32nd in the past four years.

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15 Responses to “Reserve LB is fifth Georgia defender arrested this off season”
  1. bigdinla says: Jul 26, 2014 11:12 AM

    Richt has a much more public wY of processing players!

  2. ducksk says: Jul 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    If these student athletes want to throw away their education, and football careers, so be it. Their choices. If they want to live like rock stars, rappers, and pro’s, what they are really throwing away is there shit at a education. It’s sad. And stupid.

  3. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 26, 2014 11:40 AM

    At least Urban Meyer won a championship when he recruited his criminals.

    Richt is one of the most overrated coaches of all time, David Greene and David Pollack made him.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:51 AM

    I’m starting to feel sorry for Richt and UGA… This has been a rough spring and summer…

  5. sportsbastard says: Jul 26, 2014 12:44 PM

    Mark Richt & Gary Pinkel are apparently the only coaches in the conference that discipline football players. Anywhere else in the SEC, the kid would get suspended for “directional” state university, and be back on the field the next game.

  6. auburntigers34 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:32 PM

    it’s hilarious how this comes up every time Richt has a player that gets arrested. it’s not that he’s recruiting kids with character concerns and has a hard time controlling his team. it’s “he’s just one of the few that actually disciplines his players”.

    DUI’s and strangling females aren’t the type of crimes that can be swept under the rug.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Jul 26, 2014 2:56 PM

    You know, people say there is no way a college team can compete with a pro team but the Bulldogs and the Baltimore Ravens are running neck and neck in the arrest numbers this year.

  8. quitcrying says: Jul 26, 2014 3:12 PM

    nice spin trying to say richt is the only coach who disciplines players. it seems like UGA has more players arrested every year under richt than any other major program (would love to see the stats on this). i don’t think he’s a bad guy…just doesn’t know how to instill discipline. discipline coupled with their talent & depth would lead to playing for the SEC title almost every year.

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    Another day, another SEC player arrested. At least he’ll miss some time thanks to the Georgia student-athlete handbook. I’m guessing Auburn’s student-athlete handbook says if a player gets arrested, he gets a raise.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:16 PM

    whenwilliteverend says:
    Jul 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    keep guessing, moron.

  11. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 26, 2014 5:29 PM

    auburntigers34 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:16 PM

    keep guessing, moron.

    OK, I’ll have another guess. A raise and another new car?

  12. auburntigers34 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:32 PM

    don’t quit your day job, Ms Cleo.

  13. stopthemadness101 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:19 AM

    Wait till we start getting reports on how many coeds Pruitt has nailed… This dumspter fire is just getting started.

  14. chumthumper says: Jul 27, 2014 3:02 PM
  15. wadaea says: Jul 28, 2014 10:52 AM

    Ga coaches and ga fans always have a reason why they are never relavent at the end of a season..there is something going on at Ga that makes these lids feel they do not have to obey the law…as sperrier has said “get ga early because half the team are criminals”..they need a new culture at ga..once it really was one of the most respected programs now it is just a ‘wait till next year” program

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