Sturdivant and Anderson arrested

Trinton Sturdivant

ATHENS – Georgia's offensive and defensive lines could be in bad shape for the August 30 season-opener against Georgia Southern.

Three more linemen were involved in incidents in the last three days that could lead to their missing one or more games in the upcoming season and extending a tough summer for the position groups.

Macon native Michael Lemon, a sophomore defensive end, was involved in an incident Saturday that led to a police report being issued, claiming he committed battery against Demarius Jackson. Jackson called Athens-Clarke County police after an incident at The Exchange apartments.

Jackson told police that Lemon began questioning him about why he was talking to his girlfriend during a cookout at the complex's pool and then began hitting him when he said he didn't know what Lemon was talking about, according to the incident report. Witnesses told police that Lemon hit Jackson "about five times" before he was pulled away and that several of Lemon's friends "huddled" around Lemon during the incident, according to the report.

Lemon was not at the apartment complex at the time police arrived, and police still are investigating, according to Hilda Sorrow, spokesperson for the police department. Police are still investigating, and no arrest warrant had been issued as of Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Even if no arrest is made, Lemon could end up being disciplined by Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt. The incident was alcohol-related, according to the police report.

Georgia offensive linemen Justin Anderson, a 6-5, 328-pound redshirt freshman, and Trinton Sturdivant, a 6-5, 293-pound sophomore, were arrested and jailed briefly Monday night on charges of misdemeanor simple battery.

The charges came after a female told UGA campus police that two individuals unknown to her approached her in the breezeway of a dormitory building at East Campus Village and touched her person without her consent at 1:45 a.m. on Friday. Warrants for the arrest of Anderson and Sturdivant were taken out Monday afternoon.

Richt is aware of the all the incidents but has yet to decide on the discipline for each, athletics department spokesperson Claude Felton said.

Offensive lineman Clint Boling (DUI) and defensive end Jeremy Lomax (weapons charge) both face discipline from Richt after arrests earlier this offseason.

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