Monday, July 30, 2007

SEC Arrest Update: Updated for new arrest

University of Georgia:

So far this summer the SEC has only had players arrested from two teams. The University of Georgia is currently leading the conference with five players arrested thus far. According to the USA Today, “TE Tripp Chandler, the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart, and third-string QB Blake Barnes are likely to be suspended for the first game, if not more, of the 2007 season after they were arrested and jailed on June 10 for what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution coined "alcohol-related violations."

The next dawg sent to the big house was Defensive tackle Paul "Tripp" Taylor. He was "charged with simple assault. During the fight, the bones of the victim were fractured around the 16-year-old's eye and a 17-year-old sustained bruising and scratches.”

Finally, last week it was reported that Caleb King was "arrested for driving with a suspended license and going the wrong way down a one-way street."

Update: According to the AJC, "Georgia tight end NaDerris Ward became the second player arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in as many weeks Friday." Ward was expected to start at tight end because regular starter "Tripp Chandler is facing a 1.2-game suspension after being arrested on an alcohol-related charge earlier in the summer."

"Ward's arrest does not merit an automatic suspension as Chandler's did. Georgia coach Mark Richt evaluates the punishment for traffic violations on case-by-case basis."


The University of Alabama has seen two players go to jail this summer. "Jail records show defensive lineman Brandon Deadrick, 18, was released on $1,500 bond, and running back Roy Upchurch, 22, was freed on $300 bond." The players were charged with criminal mischief, resisting arrest and giving a false name. However, coach Saban has decided that the teammates of the two players should choose the proper punishment instead of a member of the coaching staff.

University of Florida

The Gators have had 5 players arrested this summer.

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