Richt dismisses arrested punter from team

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.


81 comments Add your comment

Zac

April 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

First, just like the Dawgs next year.

Dawg11

April 22nd, 2010
3:48 pm

Dang! Richt isn’t playing around, is he?

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

If you get arrested outside toppers, you deserve to be kicked off lol

Billy O

April 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

My dad always said “it is a wise man who can learn from others mistakes without having to make those same mistakes.” Dittmer did not exactly pick the best time to get locked up for public intoxication. Maybe the rest of the team will begin to understand that there are consequences for actions in Athens.

howboutthemdawgs

April 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

I’m glad to know that Richt isn’t cutting anyone any slack. The team didn’t have any discipline last year, this is a good start to show the team we are all business.

Future Student

April 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Richt is the man! He knows when to council a guy and when to let go. He doesn’t look at the depth chart.

EDawg

April 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Stupid kickers.

Gator Eater

April 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

He is a backup punter, who cares!

Gene

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Let’s see what happens if #3 or #4 get in trouble. I bet they don’t get kicked off the team.

Tron5000

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

At this rate they’ll be lucky to field a team this fall. Wonder if there’s a special “Dawg” cell at the Clarke County Jail…

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

OK, so as of right now, we have NO current players in trouble or suspended. Good time for a team photo.

Nope!!

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

You think if this was Caleb King he would have kicked him off the team?

BamaDawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

Officer Willie strikes again.

St. Richt

April 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

Are you people really that stupid? Just wait until next week when a real player gets arrested- he will suspend him for the first game like he always does. He is only taking drastic action here since this schmoe is a back up kicker. This doesn’t mean squat- your coach is still soft as baby doo.

ncbulldawg86

April 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Ummm…. Montez Robinson would have played extensively this season, and Mett was playing for the starting QB position. Hardly just back ups that do not play. Stupid tools who are here just to toss out some smack.

BobbyRae

April 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

So what’s the count up to now?…and anyone want to take bets on the count by start of the season? Go Dawgs! School’s for losers anyway!!!

Jimmy Bo Dawgballs

April 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

So now you can’t get drunk in public? Ain’t this Athens we’re talking about? When I went there, didn’t graduate but I was there 6 years, I drank in the bars and stumbled around town all the time. And I played football too, not for the school on account of my drinking problem. Athens ain’t what it used to be and it’s time to fire Richt for ruinin’ it for everyone. Go Dawgs…keep drinkin!

Concrete Pete

April 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

Concrete Pete says: “back-up punters that screw up quickly become EX back-up punters”

Sally McGroinsweat

April 22nd, 2010
4:23 pm

Coach Richt is mean. The kid just wants to play ball and drink….sheesh. Call me…hehe…lol…

Steve McGroinsweat

April 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Athens – A drinking school with a football problem?

Red Clay Hound

April 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Good one Altamaha!

Rev. Sharpton

April 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

This is racist!!

Jaded Jacket

April 22nd, 2010
4:30 pm

I wonder if you guys would still be on board if the punter had been Butler.

Mark Richt

April 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Look, the kid obviously had a drinking problem, and I say ‘kid’ because I didn’t really even get to know him, let alone his name. He’s a BACKUP punter people. Punters are easily forgettable, but backup punters, come on! We’ll be fine in the fall. Go Dawgs and Go starters!!

hahahahahaha!!!!

April 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Dayuuuuuum!!!! Richt ain’t playin’ around anymore!!! Nice!!!!

McDawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

Mike

April 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

loving the discipline approach.

enough guys get kicked off the team, arrests will stop.

Coach Richt—tough enough.

[...] learned today by Trent Dittmer, the punter who was arrested Tuesday morning for public intoxication.Richt announced his heave-ho this afternoon.“The bottom line is I want to do what’s best for this football team, and I want to do [...]

JMAC TOWN

April 22nd, 2010
5:10 pm

Coach Richt is all of a sudden tough on this stuff? When did he decide to change his ways? Must have realized UGA is just mediocre under him anyway.

Chan Gailey

April 22nd, 2010
5:11 pm

I had very few issues in downtown Atlanta. Why is my former opponent always having issues with his kids? Perhaps it is the kids he recruits. Oh well. Go Bills!

Willie M

April 22nd, 2010
5:19 pm

Ain’t my fault this time, baznitches!

Morons ruin it for everybody

April 22nd, 2010
5:21 pm

Is there any way to make people take an IQ test before posting on these blogs?

chiefdawg

April 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Chan Gailey,perhaps it is because Atlanta police have more pressing problems. Like people getting robbed on GT campus.

Bill King is a........

April 22nd, 2010
5:49 pm

Who really cares about a backup punter? However, when Mettenberger was believed to have just gotten drunk and produced a couple of fake id’s and had 3 other charges in Valdosta…..Richt just suspended him for one game!! This guy(the Punter) is 21 and drinking in downtown athens(which is a little Burbon Street btw) and happens to get into a fight and Richt kicks him off the team??????????? What the hell is that about?? Someone earlier blogged about what if it was King, Ealey, etc. Just a suspension would have been handed down but not dismissed from the team. Lets give out a Way To G Damn Go to Richt for being super tough on a backup punter who would have no bearing on this season. All Richt has done is put this tough image in jeopardy for when one of his starters F’s up this summer and a different set of rules will go into affect. WTGDG Richt!!!!!

midland Dog

April 22nd, 2010
5:52 pm

So many idiot posters. Richt just kicked the #2 quarterback off the team and a starting defender before this one. You asked him to crack down and he did. You say give them chances, and he has. I’m glad all these people have an answer to every problem. I only wish they were ruling the world!

zacs a loser

April 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

last zac like your dawgs.. maybe you can beat vandy.. as long as you dont add your idiocy

phoenix falcon

April 22nd, 2010
5:56 pm

really, the back up punter…….. why is that a story?

Bill King is a........

April 22nd, 2010
5:59 pm

Midland….my point is Richt kicked Mett off the team for what some would consider more severe offenses. When we all thought Mett was just drinking(underage mind you) and all the other things he was charged with…..the punishment was a one game suspension until the other info came out. And the backup punter is legal drinking age and got into a fight downtown. And he gets kicked off the team for punching someone. Thats all i’m saying. Why didnt Richt kick Mett off the team when he first got arrested???? Just sayin….

Mumbling to myself....

April 22nd, 2010
6:01 pm

At this rate will they be able to field a team??????

Hmmmmmm!

April 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

chiefdawg you should hope they never catch those robbers at tech, “thUG”A might lose a few more ball players. If this wasn’t sad it would be hillarious. 3 down and more to come.

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2010
6:44 pm

One thing you guys are missing is that he was a walk-on. I assume the contract is slightly different when you are the one asking to be part of the team in the first place.

athens inbred institute of outhouses

April 22nd, 2010
6:45 pm

is there anyone left?

Gomer

April 22nd, 2010
7:07 pm

Stupid…. Stupid…. Stupid…. Stupid

Uncle Jed

April 22nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Coach…. I think its time for a looooooooooooooong talk with them boys !

indo not outdo

April 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

does it really matter>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>no, college is now nothing more than a stepping stone to the NFL, try to be a fan of life, it is more fun, it is gross on how it is BIG BUSINESS and not about the games as much

FLA DAWG

April 22nd, 2010
7:51 pm

He got drunk and hit a guy and was kicked off the team?
Look, I’m all in favor of enforcing rules but isn’t this punishment a bit harsh?
Maybe there are other circumstances we don’t know about right now – I hope so.

We lost to Vandy!

April 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

If Murray or Ealey get arrested are they getting kicked off the team too?

Cops-Athens

April 22nd, 2010
8:08 pm

Sheriff Mark “2-7″ Richt………….don’t mess with him.

Jimmy

April 22nd, 2010
8:18 pm

Some of your Bug and Lizard fans sure make me laugh!
You criticize Richt for no discipline, and when we takes a hard line, you criticize some more!
Transparent and boring.

DawgByte

April 22nd, 2010
8:20 pm

It’s ashame he wasn’t a scholarship athlete. With all the new schollys opening up, the 2011 class will be a monster.