Richt suspends Inman two games

ATHENS – Georgia offensive lineman Daniel Inman has been suspended for the first two games of the 2006 season, Coach Mark Richt said Friday, one day after Dawg Post contributor Josh Kendall first reported that Inman was facing punishment.

In a statement released by the school, Richt said only that Inman had violated a team rule, but The Telegraph has learned that the senior from Hope Mills, N.C., failed a school-administered drug test.

A failed drug test calls for an athlete to be suspended at least 10 percent of his or her season under NCAA rules. For college football players, that means at least 1.2 games. Richt could not be reached for comment Friday.

Daniel Inman told The Telegraph on Thursday that he was facing a two-game suspension from the team but added that he hoped to avoid missing any time. He has started 37 games for the Bulldogs, more than anybody on the team, and this suspension will end his streak of 25 consecutive starts, also the longest on the team.

It also means Georgia will be in dire straights at offensive tackle, where depth already was an issue. Not including incoming freshmen, the Bulldogs have only three scholarship tackles, Inman, Ken Shackleford and Michael Turner. Incoming freshman Justin Anderson might have helped this season, but he said this week he has failed to qualify academically and will have to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy.

The lack of depth may not show up in the Sept. 2 season opener against Western Carolina, but the Bulldogs travel to South Carolina on Sept. 9 for their first SEC game of the season.

Center Ian Smith already has been suspended for the first two games of the year.

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