Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley has not been practicing this spring, but it has nothing to do with his offseason misdemeanor from a couple of weeks ago. Instead, a foot injury appears to have sidelined Ridley for the spring.
According to a report from Gridiron Now, Ridley has been out due to the foot injury. When the foot injury occurred is not reported. Even if his foot was not injured, it remains unknown if Ridley would be participating int he spring, at least at this point. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has said Ridley will be internally disciplined for his misdemeanor pot possession from earlier this month.
“He’ll receive discipline,” Smart said. “We are very disappointed in his decision. We do not condone that behavior. I think Riley is going to learn a valuable lesson from this mistake.”
When Ridley may be available again remains unknown, as does what exactly the punishment to him will be from Smart. A one-game suspension is the expected result for Ridley according to the university’s student-athlete handbook.
Georgia cornerback Juwuan Briscoe spent about an hour in a county jail Saturday night due to a pair of traffic violations.
University of Georgia police arrested Briscoe Saturday night for failure to have a license and not wearing a seat belt. Both charges are misdemeanors and he was released on a $500 bond.
Briscoe’s arrest is the fourth by a Georgia player under new head coach Kirby Smart. There has been no statement regarding Briscoe’s arrest, and as of now there has been no change to his status with the program as a result.
A pair of Georgia freshmen were arrested and charged for their possession of a BB gun and responsibility for property damage. Defensive back Chad Clay and defensive tackle Julian Rochester (pictured) were charged for second-degree criminal damage and possessing a weapon in a school zone. Both are considered felony charges.
“I’m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said in a released statement. “We expect full compliance with the policies of the University and of our football program from all our student-athletes. Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an appropriate manner.”
The Telegraph reports both players were booked overnight and early reports suggest the BB gun was possessed inside a dorm room. This brings the arrest total at Georgia since the hiring of Smart up to four. Earlier this spring Georgia defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter was suspended for the season opener against North Carolina for an alcohol-related arrest. Defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers has been suspended for the first three games of the season following a marijuana-related arrest last December.
Time to hit the reset button on the arrest counter on the side of the site.
Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors early Sunday morning. According to a report from Dawg Nation, Ledbetter was charged for presenting a fake ID and underage possession/furnishing of alcohol. He was released on bond roughly an hour after being arrested early Sunday morning.
Ledbetter played in seven games last season, in which he recorded four tackles. Ledbetter is in line for competing for a more involved role on the Georgia defensive line this spring and summer under new head coach Kirby Smart. No update on his status with the team has been provided at this time, and it is unknown if Georgia will hand out any extra form of punishment to Ledbetter.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is wasting no time changing the way the Bulldogs operate. This weekend will see Georgia host its first freshman day in program history, a day on the recruiting calendar specifically set aside to get to know potential recruits for the Class of 2019. By the looks of it, the brand new event on Georgia’s campus is already generating some buzz in the recruiting game.
Similar recruiting strategies have been used before, of course. Junior days are among the most notable recruiting days on calendars for a number of programs, but freshmen days are a bit more rare. Mark Richt never used one during his time as Bulldogs head coach, but Smart is looking to build every possible advantage he can to establish himself as a big player in recruiting in the competitive hotbed of football talent in the south. It’s a smart move by Smart as he takes on his first head coaching gig.