Offseason arrests frustrate Georgia’s Richt



ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt found himself talking about the latest Georgia player to be arrested instead of the optimism about next season and his new five-year contract.

During Monday’s news conference to preview spring practice the first question was about the latest of three 2011 Georgia starters to be arrested. Richt had to talk about cornerback Branden Smith’s arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Abbeville, Ala.

Richt says he is frustrated about Smith arrest and that “The timing isn’t very good, either.”

Georgia has 15 starters, including such stars as Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones, returning from a team that played in the SEC championship game.

The Bulldogs finished with 10 wins last season and ranked No. 19. They could sit much higher in the 2012 preseason Top 25.