Junior outside linebacker Chase Vasser must sit out the first two games of the season after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and for driving in an improper lane in Atlanta on May 11.
“Chase Vasser will serve a two game suspension as per our Athletic Association policy,” head coach Mark Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald through a spokesman.
Georgia opens the season against Buffalo and plays its second game at Missouri.
Vasser was stopped by Georgia State Patrol at 2:33 a.m. on May 11 after a trooper saw Vasser’s red pickup weaving on Piedmont Road at Peachtree in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.
He pulled Vasser over and administered a sobriety test and breathalyzer after smelling alcohol in the car, according to an incident report obtained Thursday by the Athens Banner-Herald.
Vasser told Trooper S. Tarpley of the Nighthawk DUI task force, “I’m not intoxicated at all.”
The report said he appeared nervous with bloodshot eyes and was sweating in a stained shirt and disheveled clothing that appeared “slept in.”
“Mr. Vasser was visibly emotional and stated that he was sorry and please let him go,” according to the report.
Tarpley arrested him, impounded the truck and booked him at the Atlanta jail where he submitted to a second breath test.
He posted a $1,591 bond later that day, according to a public transaction officer of the City of Atlanta police.
Vasser, 21, has a scheduled court appearance on Aug. 21 at the City of Atlanta Municipal Court.
Vasser, from Gainesville, is listed as a starter at outside linebacker opposite Jarvis Jones on Georgia’s preseason depth chart. He started three games last season, making 16 total tackles in 12 games.
Cornerback Sanders Commings is already suspended two games after his January arrest on a domestic violence charge. Cornerback Branden Smith, safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree are also facing as yet unannounced suspensions.
Smith was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge in Alabama on a spring break trip. Rambo had his second violation of Georgia’s drug testing policy, according to his high school coach.
“I think we’ll be able to adapt well,” inside linebacker Christian Robinson said of dealing with suspensions. “We’re not locked into people. We’re locked into plays and making those plays when we need to. We’re loaded on defense and I think we’ll be able to fill those gaps and those voids.”
— Walter Jones of Morris News Service contributed to this report.