ATHENS — Jonathan Ledbetter’s suspension will carry into Georgia’s fifth game of the season, and it’s still not clear when it will end.
“No, he will not be available this week,” head coach Kirby Smart said on Monday, not elaborating.
Ledbetter, a sophomore defensive lineman, was on track to start this season before the off-field troubles hit. The first alcohol-related arrest – for underage drinking and false ID – carried an automatic one-game suspension. But when it was dismissed, Smart didn’t address whether the suspension would still stand.
Then Ledbetter was charged with DUI over the summer, causing him to enter treatment. Normally a second alcohol-related offense would mean a six-game suspension, per UGA’s policies, but it wasn’t clear whether the first arrest would apply. Smart has declined to say how long the suspension will be.
Ledbetter has been practicing with the team since early in the preseason.