Grant suspended for season opener

Georgia defensive end Charles Grant has been suspended from the Bulldogs September 1 season opener against Arkansas State after pleading guilty to pandering.

Grant was arrested January 20 in Athens, GA on the misdemeanor charge. Police said he offered an undercover officer money for sex.

Grant was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $500 plus surcharges following his guilty plea. He also was ordered to submit to testing for sexually transmitted diseases within 45 days, a standard sentencing requirement for pandering.

The 22-year-old junior from Colquitt, GA had initially pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial, scheduled for next month in Athens-Clarke County, GA State Court.

Grant is the third player to be suspended from the Arkansas State game by new Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

All-Southeastern Conference cornerback Tim Wansley will miss the game for breaking unspecified team rules, and tight end Randy McMichael can not play in the game as a result of his role in a June 15 bar fight.

"It's never an easy job to suspend a player for any reason," Richt said in a press release. "But there are certain standards for being a citizen of the (Athens) community, a student at the University of Georgia and a member of our football team. Those standards must be adhered to."

Grant played both offense and defense as a freshman at Georgia (1999). The 267-pounder tore a ligament in his right knee while playing running back in that year's regular season finale against Georgia Tech.

Grant was exclusively a defensive player last season, starting nine games. He made 40 tackles, including two sacks and eight for losses.

Dawg Post Top Stories