ATHENS — Jonathan Ledbetter will not play for Georgia in its SEC opener.
Ledbetter, the sophomore defensive lineman, remains suspended for his offseason alcohol arrests, head coach Kirby Smart said.
Smart did not elaborate on how long Ledbetter will be suspended, other than to confirm he will not play Saturday at Missouri, extending his suspension to at least three games.
Ledbetter was arrested twice in the offseason for alcohol offenses, which would normally mean a six-game suspension, per the UGA alcohol policy. But the first offense, for underage drinking and false ID, was thrown out, and at that point – prior to the second offense – Smart was non-committal on whether Ledbetter would be suspended.
Then Ledbetter was arrested for DUI in early July. At that point Ledbetter entered alcohol treatment, and for a time was away from the team, including the early part of preseason practice.