Hebron, a highly touted linebacker from Gaithersburg, Md., was arrested early Friday on an alcohol-related charge, his second in two months. Hebron, 18, was charged with underage possession of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail at 12:30 a.m. Friday and was released on $500 bail at 1:18 a.m.
Hebron already had been suspended from the first two games of 2007 due to an incident on Feb. 25 in which he was arrested on charges of underage possession of alcohol along with three other men after entering the team’s training facility in the early morning hours.
Hebron’s second violation of the athletic department alcohol policy means he will must miss at least 30 percent of next season (four games), but it could be more.
“When you make mistakes in life, you have to deal with the consequences,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by the school. “Akeem has made two errors in judgment in a short period of time. At this point, I’m not certain what the final consequences will be, but he will pay a significant price.”
Georgia’s conduct code for all students may be Hebron’s biggest hurdle. His second offense could get him suspended under that policy.
Sophomore center Ian Smith was suspended for the first five games of 2007 after he had two alcohol related incidents within a year.
Hebron, who was a USA Today and Parade Magazine first-team high school All-American, redshirted in 2006 and missed most of spring practice due to a hamstring injury.