By Jamie-Rivera Published 02/19/2006 09:47:00 | Views: 3666
Ian Smith

Athens — Georgia offensive lineman Ian Smith was picked up and arrested on a charge of public intoxication by Athens-Clarke County police early Saturday morning.

By Saturday evening, Georgia coach Mark Richt had decided to suspend Smith for the first two games of the 2006 season.

"I'm very disappointed, and penalties for behavioral issues are going to be severe," Richt said in a statement. "Playing time is valuable to all players and it will be very limited to those who cannot conduct themselves in an appropriate manner."

Smith, 19, was booked into Athens-Clarke County jail at 5:18 a.m. and released on $500 bond at 7:19 a.m., according to the booking report.

The redshirt freshman is the third player suspended from the football team or school this offseason. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is indefinitely suspended for a DUI and automobile theft in January. Defensive back Antonio Sims was arrested for a DUI and has been suspended from the university.

Smith, who is from Cartersville, is a backup lineman.

By Jamie-Rivera 02/19/2006 09:47:00

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