Sixth player put on bench

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior linebacker Darius Dewberry has been suspended for the first two games of the season, coach Mark Richt said Monday.

Dewberry admitted to Richt that he was responsible for causing damage to property at St. Mary's Hospital on Saturday morning after two Georgia players were hospitalized after they were hit with bottles in a brawl at a downtown club, the coach said.

The fight occurred the night after the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll going into the 2008 season, which begins Aug. 30.

Security guards at the hospital told police a man damaged a parking-control arm at the garage entrance. Four large potted shrubs also were turned over.

Dewberry will repay the cost of the damage, Richt said. He'll also have 20 hours of community service and early-morning running.

Dewberry is the sixth Georgia player to be suspended or dismissed from the team this off-season. Snapper Jeff Henson and defensive back Donavon Baldwin were suspended indefinitely after incidents this weekend.

"The reputation of this team has been damaged, no question," Richt said. "I don't think it's beyond repair and I don't think the reputation is ruined, but it's certainly taken some hits."

Baldwin and teammate Marcus Dowtin were hit in the head with bottles in the early-morning dust-up, Athens-Clarke County police said.

At least two other Georgia players accompanied their injured teammates to the hospital -- along with former Bulldog Michael Lemon, who later was arrested outside the hospital for underage possession of alcohol.

No arrests have been made in connection with the brawl.

Baldwin is a junior free safety who had already gotten a one-game suspension for a DUI arrest in January.

Lemon, a former defensive end, was kicked off the team last month for an aggravated battery charge stemming from a fight in June.

Reach Marc Weiszer at marc.weiszer@morris.com.

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stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 08/05/08 - 08:43 am
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If Steve Spurier and Tommy

If Steve Spurier and Tommy Bowden implemented the same rules, they probably wouldn't have enough players between the two to make one team. If they can't behave themselves and act like gentlemen of character, send them back home to let Mommie and Daddy do the job they should have already done.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/05/08 - 08:45 am
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All of this discipline may

All of this discipline may interfere with that #1 ranking. Go 'Cocks!

malachi72
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malachi72 08/05/08 - 09:05 am
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After reading all of PT's

After reading all of PT's comments from the past year wondering where she comes up with them. Now I know. She's a Carolina fan. Enough said.

candygramformongo
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candygramformongo 08/05/08 - 10:10 am
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You had to read all of them.

You had to read all of them. I figured you could have guessed that after the first one!

steve-o
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steve-o 08/05/08 - 11:39 am
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Uga could beat S.car with

Uga could beat S.car with nothing more that Knowson Moreno, and kicker.

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 08/05/08 - 01:17 pm
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OH Yeah Steve-O!! Tell 'em.

OH Yeah Steve-O!! Tell 'em. I'm liking Richt holding the players responsible for their actions off field, jsut as he does when they're on field.

zcock
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zcock 08/05/08 - 01:50 pm
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Stump & Steve... You guys are

Stump & Steve...
You guys are the quintessential UGA fans. Can't handle the fact that your boys aren't behaving like they should. Got to lash out at others to make yourself feel better. Steve... You better hope that you have more than a running back and a kicker. Your running back could not make it in the end zone last year... as a matter of fact nobody from UGA made it into the end zone last year. And that was between the hedges too!!!

S.C. Dawg
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S.C. Dawg 08/05/08 - 03:52 pm
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Patricia is a good Gamecock.

Patricia is a good Gamecock. She spends time arguing with liberals. So I respect her posts. But zcock, I checked some records since 2000. UGA has won the overall series with South Carolina, won 3 SEC east titles, 2 Sec championships, has a 2-1 record in BCS Bowl games, and has 4 final top ten rankings to go with the preseason #1 . Funny thing, I did not see your team listed in a single one of these categories. Just because you occasionally win a game doesnt make your season a success.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/05/08 - 04:08 pm
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I'm expecting big things from

I'm expecting big things from Spurrier and the 'Cocks this year. We'll see how the 'Dawgs bark at the end of the season.

S.C. Dawg
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S.C. Dawg 08/05/08 - 04:31 pm
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I have to admit that the

I have to admit that the immature actions on the part of some of the players is not a positive sign about where this team is headed. Richt will have to summon all his leadership ability if we expect to match the success our teams have had over the past 8 years. The preseason ranking can be attributed mostly to the hard work of last years team. This years team has not done anything yet. They need to quit acting like they have. And play football.

zcock
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zcock 08/05/08 - 04:59 pm
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SC Dawg... sorry that you

SC Dawg... sorry that you don't respect my post as well. No love lost. Will not lose any sleep. I never said anything remotely that our season was going to be a success or was a success last year or ever for that matter. Please reread the post. I find it very funny that the fans of the number 1 team in the country constantly have to rattle off stats and jabs at Carolina. Why worry about us so much? Are you guys worried? I respect Richt a lot... but have a hard time dealing with the bodacious UGA fans.
Although, you seem to be more of a reasonable thinker when it comes to discussing UGA.

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Riverman1 08/05/08 - 07:28 pm
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Put "Chico's Bail Bonds" on

Put "Chico's Bail Bonds" on their jerseys. Haha...interesting that it is the two weak games of the season. LOL Really, I love UGA and hope they can do this. What a crazy year last year.

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godjud 08/05/08 - 10:18 pm
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KARMA ! that all i have to

KARMA ! that all i have to say.

steve-o
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steve-o 08/06/08 - 12:43 pm
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I don't care if the Dawgs get

I don't care if the Dawgs get a little rowdy! Let them Dawgs hunt! Zcock, I can handle it just fine. It's just pent up aggression that will soon be unleashed on the entire country.

steve-o
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steve-o 08/06/08 - 12:44 pm
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All second stringers, and

All second stringers, and they were suspended for the Georgia Southern, and central Michigan games, Oh, My!

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