Smith arrested; suspended indefinitely

Ian Smith

ATHENS – Just when it looked like Georgia was getting its offensive line issues for 2007 addressed through recruiting, the Bulldogs got bad news Wednesday when center Ian Smith was arrested for the second time this year for an alcohol-related charge.

Coach Mark Richt suspended Smith indefinitely from the team while he gathers more information, according to a statement released through a school spokesperson.

"Certainly, it's very disappointing," Richt said.

Smith, 20, was arrested on a charge of underage possession of alcohol by UGA police and booked into the Clarke County jail at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday. He was released on $500 bond at 9:28 a.m. A University police spokesperson said a report on the incident won't be available to the public until Thursday.

Smith was arrested in February on charges of intoxication and was immediately suspended for the first two games of this season. After that incident, he was charged with giving false information to police because his birth date listed on the original arrest log indicated he was 21 rather than 19, his actual age at the time.

The Cartersville High School product, who was considered one of the top prep centers in the country, played sparingly this season as a backup for senior Nick Jones, but he would have entered spring practice penciled in as the Bulldogs' starter in the middle.

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