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Georgia CB Branden Smith arrested, charged with possession of marijuana

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
Both of Georgia's projected starting cornerbacks have now been arrested this offseason following senior Branden Smith's run-in with the law on his way to spring break.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smith was arrested in Henry County, Ala. at 11:41 p.m. Sunday and charged with possession of marijuana. Police told the AJC officers had pulled over a Dodge Charger driven by Smith and "detected the odor of marijuana" inside the vehicle. A search found a bag of marijuana under one seat. Smith and a passenger were taken to Henry County Jail and released on bond Monday morning.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt provided this commentto the media Monday:Per the AJC, Smith tweeted that he was "headed to pc," i.e., likely spring break destination Panama City, Fla.

Smith's fellow starting Bulldog corner Sanders Commings was arrested in January on domestic violence charges and has been suspended for the first two games of Georgia's season. The second of those will come on the road at Missouri (and vs. Dorial Green-Beckham) in the Tigers' SEC debut.

If Smith is hit with a similar suspension, the Dawgs could find themselves seriously shorthanded when matching up against the Tigers' stable of receivers--which is why rising sophomore wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (the team's second-leading receiver in 2011) is spending most of spring camp learning to moonlight at corner, Richt confirmed Monday.

It's never a good thing when multiple players on one roster get arrested. It's even worse when they're high-profile starters. And it's even worse than that when they share the same position. There are coaches out there who have it much, much worse this offseason when compared to Richt ... but given the worry indicated by Mitchell's position-hopping, it's safe to say there are coaches who have it much better, too.

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