Dewberry starting to pay off debt

ATHENS – Suspended linebacker Darius Dewberry has already begun working to pay off his debt to St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, after damaging the hospital last weekend.

Dewberry caused damages estimated at more than $2,000 when he broke a parking gate and several garden planters following a fight that injured two of his teammates. Richt announced Monday that Dewberry would sit out the first two games of the season as punishment, and would also find a job to repay his debt.

Dewberry has already started a job on campus from 8 a.m. to noon each day, and starting today will begin work at St. Mary's, Richt said.

"He was very sincere about wanting to pay off his debt," Richt said. "I guarantee it's tougher what he's doing mentally, being in the grind of this practice and then turning around to do this other thing, but he's anxious to pay his debt."

Richt said Dewberry will also work the first two Saturdays of the season while serving his suspension.

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