Georgia backup punter Trent Dittmer has been dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt as a result of his alcohol-related arrest in downtown Athens early Tuesday, UGA said Thursday.
Dittmer, 21, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
A senior walk-on from Cartersville, he has never punted in a game for the Bulldogs.
Dittmer is the third player to be kicked off the Georgia team this spring after an arrest, following outside linebacker Montez Robinson and quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
“The bottom line is, I want to do what’s best for this football team, and I want to do what’s best for the young men too,” Richt said. “And sometimes if a young man loses his opportunity to play for your team, a lesson will be learned by him and everyone else who is watching.”
Athens-Clarke County Police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said the 2:30 a.m. arrest of Dittmer occurred after an officer heard a loud disturbance near the corner of Clayton and Jackson streets. She said the officer saw several men trying to get another man to leave the area. As the officer approached, the man –- allegedly Dittmer –- broke free from his friends and hit a male in the face with his fist, Sorrow said.
Dittmer was taken to Clarke Couny Jail and was released several hours later on $500 bond.
In Georgia’s recent G-Day intra-squad scrimmage, Dittmer punted three times.