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Post Ian Smith leaves football

Friday August 3, 2007

Citing “medical reasons”, Mark Richt announced Friday that Georgia center Ian Smith has left the team.  He will remain enrolled at Georgia.  The sophomore was one of only three returning linemen with playing experience.

Smith was in the middle of a season-spanning suspension that would have placed him on the bench for the first five games of 2007.  Following his second alcohol-related arrest during 2006, Smith was placed on University probation for the remainder of his academic career.  Smith, once a likely starter at center, now will try to hang on and earn a degree.

In other disciplinary news, Richt announced that quarterback Blake Barnes and starting tight end Tripp Chandler will receive one-game suspensions for their alcohol-related arrests in June.  They will miss the opening game against Oklahoma State.

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