Georgia CB Sanders Commings was arrested last month after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in downtown Athens.
ATHENS — When the 2012 college football season opens, Georgia’s defensive backfield will be thin.
Following the dismissal of two defensive backs last month — Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders — for violating team rules, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt suspended star cornerback Sanders Commings on Wednesday for the first two games, according to a statement by the school.
“University of Georgia senior cornerback Sanders Commings has been issued a two-game suspension by Bulldog coach Mark Richt as a result of his arrest January 21,” the statement read. “Commings will miss the September 1 season opener against Buffalo in Athens and the September 8 SEC opener against Missouri in Columbia.”
Commings was arrested Jan. 21 and charged with simple battery and domestic violence after an early-morning incident with his girlfriend in downtown Athens.
University police say the senior was arrested after he struck his girlfriend in the face on a street corner in downtown Athens. Richt called any arrest “a matter of serious concern” before handing down the suspension Wednesday.
According to police, bystanders saw Commings in a confrontation with the woman at about 1 a.m., separated them, then flagged down a police officer for help.
Commings started every game for UGA last year. He finished tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 55, had 12 pass break-ups and one interception.
Marshall and Sanders have both enrolled in junior college since being kicked off the team, but sources told the AJC last week that the door could be open for them to return to Athens for the 2013 season.