Golston and White arrested

ATHENS – Two of Georgia's defensive starters – Kedric Golston and Derrick White – were arrested early Sunday morning and booked into the Clarke County Jail.

Kedric Golston, who missed the last week of spring practice due to turf toe, faces the most serious charges. The 21-year-old defensive tackle was arrested on charges of simple battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and obstruction before being released on $9,000 bond, which was paid by Confidential Bonding, according to the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Web site. Simple battery charges can involve anything from a shove to aggressive touch to assault with a non-deadly weapon. White was charged only with disorderly conduct. All the charges involved were misdemeanors.

Both players were booked into the jail between 3:20 and 3:39 a.m. Sunday and released about two hours later. Their arrests came about 12 hours after the Bulldogs had concluded their spring practices with the annual G-Day game.

Coach Mark Richt became aware of the situation early Sunday morning, according to sports information director Claude Felton.

"Coach Richt is looking into it," Felton said.

As of Sunday evening, Richt hadn't announced any penalties for the players, but Golston could face a suspension of a game or more to start the 2005 season. Richt could not be reached for further comment.

Golston, a senior All-SEC candidate was being counted on to provide leadership for the defense this season, has made 72 tackles in his Georgia career. He was an All-SEC honorable mention last season.

If Golston is suspended, the Bulldogs will have to count on reserve defensive tackle Darrius Swain or perhaps a true freshman against offensive powerhouse Boise State on Sept. 3 and perhaps longer.

Derrick White was released on $500 bond. He earned the starting job at strongside linebacker during spring practice. The senior has 93 tackles in three seasons at Georgia.

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