ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- High expectations for Georgia are being overshadowed by off-field troubles as the Bulldogs held their first practice today.
Coach Mark Richt announced backup linebacker Darius Dewberry was suspended for the first two games of the season. He's the sixth Georgia player suspended or dismissed from the team in the offseason.
Richt says "the reputation of this team has been damaged, no question."
On Saturday night, Richt announced the indefinite suspensions of two players -- snapper Jeff Henson, following his second alcohol-related arrest, and safety Donavon Baldwin, who needed stitches after he was injured in a fight in Athens early Saturday.
The Bulldogs have 19 returning starters from an 11-and-2 team which finished second in the final AP poll. They've already been picked as preseason Number-1 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll and will no doubt be among the top teams in the AP poll when it's released on August 16th.