Dabo Swinney suspends four players for opener at Georgia

Clemson will be shorthanded when it opens next season at Georgia.

Coach Dabo Swinney suspended guard David Beasley, defensive back Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford — all Georgia natives — along with offensive tackle Shaq Anthony for the opener against the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on Aug. 30.

The players were suspended due to a violation of team rules.

“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney told The State newspaper in Columbia. “A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”

Crawford (Carver-Columbus), who started 12 games, was seventh on the team with 52 tackles in 2013, including 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Peters (Heritage) had 28 tackles in 10 games.

Beasley (Carver-Columbus) started eight games at right guard and Anthony started three games at left tackle.

Peters, Beasley and Anthony are expected to be in the running for starting spots this fall.

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Mercier

March 10th, 2014
10:19 pm

It’s okay, by opening game, UGA will have at least half a dozen suspensions for using illegal drugs or being arrested for something heinous.

SEC Fan

March 10th, 2014
1:27 pm

I have a question, has Steve Spurrier ever suspended a player for a game (Steven Garcia aside). If you think he has managed to recruit 85 football players that don’t ever smoke pot and fail drug test then you may be smoking something. I applaud Dabo and Richt. Mike Slive should grow a pair and come up with a consistent policy. The “Honey Badger” at LSU was revealed to have failed 6 or 7 test before he was finally kicked off the team.

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GamecockOL

March 5th, 2014
3:52 pm

Don’t pat Daboo or Richt on the back too hard. It’s a university rule … fail a drug test & you get suspended . Not a whole lotta other options.It’s completely out of their hands , he doesn’t have a choice on this punishment. I would credit stupidity for these suspensions. They know it’s banned but they still do it. Now , if they beat up their girlfriends like Dabo’s best defensive player did 3 years ago , he made him run gassers for punishment ……. or when Meyer’s best defensive player threaten to kill his GF , he made him run early AM runs . Funny , when coaches have a choice of punishment , they rarely suspend.

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Remarkable

March 5th, 2014
10:17 am

Dabo also said, “I’d rather lose every game and get fired doing things right than to cut corners to win” I am NOT a Dabo or Clemson fan, but I do respect that comment.

BravesFan4321

March 5th, 2014
9:59 am

You gotta give Daba credit, he doesn’t care if you are a starter, reserve or superstar he holds everyone accountable to the same standards. As does Mark Richt. Two years ago he suspended Sammy Watkins for the first 2 games.