Defensive end A.J. Portee has been dismissed from Georgia State’s football team for violating a team rule related to academics.
Portee, 6-feet, 4-inches and 240 pounds, transferred from Connecticut last year. He had 31 tackles and two sacks. A graduate of Mays High School, he was being counted on to be an impact player in the Panthers’ 4-2-5 defense this year.
Coach Bill Curry’s decision to dismiss Portee leaves the team very thin on the defensive line. None of the returnees could be considered an impact player based upon last year’s results.
It’s also another disciplinary issue that Curry has had to deal with.
He suspended four defensive players for portions of the spring practices. Three of those players have been reinstated. Linebacker Dexter Moody has been indefinitely suspended.
This comes on the heels of numerous disciplinary issues on and off the field last year.
– Doug Roberson, AJC