July 14, 2010

Suspended running back to transfer

Dontavius Jackson's decision to transfer from Georgia came as no surprise, a source close to the situation told UGASports Wednesday night.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the player said that last weekend's arrest for DUI "wasn't the only reason" for Jackson, who he added "wanted to go somewhere where he could get some playing time."

Jackson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Head coach Mark Richt announced in an email through Georgia's sports information that the former Heard County star had decided to transfer to another school. He will do so at the end of summer semester.

Plagued by injuries throughout his Georgia career, the redshirt sophomore was already fourth team on the depth chart behind Washaun Ealey, Caleb King and Carlton Thomas and faced an uphill battle for playing time even before his arrest.

Jackson appeared in just four games last year rushing four times for 38 yards.

Following the arrest, Richt subsequently suspended Jackson for six games, opening the door for true freshman Ken Malcome, who now appears all but guaranteed not to redshirt this fall. Wide receiver Tavarres King, who was in the car with Jackson, was charged with underage possession and suspended for one game.

Jackson, 20, was arrested by UGA police and charged with six misdemeanors including DUI, underage possession, violation of the move-over law, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of a learner's permit and following too close.

"I'm disappointed in their decision-making and lack of judgment andthey will both pay a stiff price," said Richt in a statement announcing the suspensions. "All our players need tounderstand that itıs a privilege to be a Bulldog and their conduct needs to reflect the standards we expect."

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