No Suspension for Branden Smith
By Matthew Osborne
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Branden Smith has started 17 career games for the Bulldogs, and will be used in all three phases of the game this season.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced Saturday afternoon that cornerback Branden Smith will not receive a suspension stemming from his arrest for marijuana possession in March.
Although Georgia’s athletic policy states that a marijuana arrest carries a minimum suspension of 10% of the team’s regular season schedule, subsequent facts gathered in Smith’s case led Richt to waive the usual punishment.
Upon his arrest in March, Smith was required to undergo drug testing both at the school, and in the court room. According to the facts of the case, Smith passed every drug test which he was administered.
“I was tested,” Smith said. “I was clean. I don't do drugs.
“I'm just moving on from it,” he continued. “Things happen like that. When things happen you just have to turn it around.”
This is big news for a Georgia secondary that will be starting the season shorthanded. CB Sanders Commings is set to miss the first two game of the season, while S Bacarri Rambo will be serving a four-game suspension to start the year.
Smith has started 17 career games for the Bulldogs, and will be used in all three phases of the game this season.