Linebacker Dismissed from Team

ATHENS — Two weeks after kicking linebacker Josh Johnson off the team, Georgia coach Mark Richt has shown linebacker Derrick White the door. White was dismissed Saturday, one day after he was arrested in his hometown of Union City on charges of driving under the influence.

"I spoke to Derrick Saturday and have made the decision to dismiss him from the team," Richt said in a statement released by the school. "The decision was based not only on the incident which occurred Friday, but also on a past history of behavior that does not represent our program in the proper way.

"I will meet with Derrick in person in the next couple of days and work with him on where he goes from here along with providing any assistance we can in his transition."

Unlike in Johnson's case, Richt left no hope for Derrick White to return to the team. The senior was already on thin ice with the team. He had been suspended for the first two games of 2005 after an arrest in downtown Athens for disorderly conduct. At the time of that arrest, White already was in trouble with the team, Richt said.

After learning of White's most recent arrest, Richt informed him over the telephone that he was no longer welcome on the team. White was arrested at 10:10 p.m. Friday after he ran into a road block on Buffington Road in Union City, according to Union City officer George Louth.

White, 22, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram and turned around when he saw the road block, which was set up to catch everything from seat belt violations to DUI, Louth said. After seeing White turn around, an officer pulled him over and smelled alcohol on his breath, Louth said. White also had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet, according to the incident report.

After refusing to take a field sobriety test, White was arrested and given a breath test, on which he registered a blood alcohol level of .143, Louth said. The legal limit in Georgia for 22-year-olds is .08.

"Other than the turning around, it was a normal DUI," Louth said. "He was fully cooperative with police, other than turning down the field sobriety test, which is his right. He was not abusive to the officer." White was released from jail on $700 bond at 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Louth said. His vehicle was turned over to a female passenger identified as his girlfriend, Louth said.

His dismissal leaves the Bulldogs suddenly thin at linebacker. The senior, who had 93 career tackles, was battling Brandon Miller for the starting job at strongside linebacker.

With White and Johnson gone, the Bulldogs are suddenly thin at linebacker. They now have Miller, Tony Taylor, Danny Verdun Wheeler, Jarvis Jackson and Dannell Ellerbe available at the position.

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