UGA dismisses lineman Jonathan Taylor from team

Jonathan Taylor: Lineman was in trouble several times during his career.



ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia has booted defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor off its football team.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon by the school about three hours after Taylor bonded out of the Clarke County Jail where he spent the night.

Taylor is facing a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

Police allege the redshirt sophomore choked and struck his girlfriend several times with a closed fist after an argument in a Georgia residence hall room early Tuesday morning. He was arrested by UGA police soon after.

Taylor was released on a $5,000 bond at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Clarke County jail’s online booking report. He had a bond hearing earlier Wednesday morning.

The Millen, Ga., native met with Georgia coach Mark Richt after being released from jail.

The school later issued a two-sentence announcement of Taylor’s dismissal without any comment from Richt.

Taylor was previously arrested in March on misdemeanor theft by deception charges and entered a pre-trial intervention program in June.

He becomes the third Georgia defensive player dismissed this off-season, joining safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews.

Harvey-Clemons, twice suspended for violations of Georgia’s drug policy, transferred to Louisville. Matthews transferred to Auburn.

Three players – Taylor, Matthews and receiver Uriah LeMay – were arrested for illegally cashing UGA-issued stipend checks are no longer on the team.

Matthews was kicked off the team after a classroom disturbance.

LeMay left to transfer to Charlotte.

And now Taylor is off the team.

Defensive lineman James DeLoach, the other player arrested for twice cashing or depositing checks, remains on the team and is not facing a game suspension.

Georgia’s top nose guards now are Chris Mayes and John Atkins.

Defensive line is considered an area of depth for the Bulldogs with the likes of Ray Drew, Sterling Bailey, Josh Dawson and Toby Johnson and incoming freshmen Lorenzo Carter and Lamont Gaillard.