ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia starting tight end Tripp Chandler and
backup quarterback Blake Barnes were arrested on alcohol-related
charges early this morning.
Chandler, Georgia's only healthy scholarship tight end in spring
practice, and Barnes could be suspended by coach Mark Richt for
Georgia's season-opening game against Oklahoma State. Georgia
released no statement on the arrests as of tonight.
Richt could not be reached for comment.
Athens-Clarke County police arrested Chandler and Barnes as the
two were walking on Lumpkin Street at 3:15 a-m. Each was carrying
open bottles of beer, according to the incident report.
The 21-year-old Barnes was charged with furnishing alcohol to
minors and an open container violation. The 20-year-old Chandler
was charged with underage possession of alcohol and having an open
Georgia redshirt freshman linebacker Akeem Hebron has been
suspended for fall semester following his second arrest for
underage possession of alcohol in April.
Backup offensive lineman Ian Smith will miss the first five
games due to a suspension which followed his November arrest for
underage possession of alcohol.
Chandler caught two passes last season. Barnes is listed as the
Number three quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox.
Chandler and Barnes spent about two hours at the Clarke County
Jail before they were released _ Barnes on two-thousand dollars
bond and Chandler on one-thousand dollars bond -- before 8:30 a-m.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
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