Athens — Georgia didn’t quite make it to the season without a player having a brush with the law. Its zero arrests mark, however, remains intact.
Israel Troupe, a senior wide receiver from Tifton, failed to appear in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court on Tuesday on a charge of urinating in public. However, court officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Troupe showed up and paid his fine on Wednesday and his case is now closed.
Troupe was fined $210 and paid a $50 late fee, a court clerk said. Records show he was issued a citation for public urination by Athens-Clarke County Police on April 9, 2011. He was not arrested at that time, however, so no incident report was filed. The Bulldogs would have been in the midst of spring practice.
At this point is still not known whether Troupe, a backup split end, will miss any playing time as a result. UGA spokesperson Claude Felton said head coach Mark Richt “is aware of the situation” but could not say what, if any, disciplinary measures have been applied.
Currently running back Carlton Thomas is the only player known to be missing the Sept. 3 season opener against Boise State. for disciplinary reasons. Thomas was suspended one game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Coincidentally, Troupe will participate in graduation ceremonies on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 220 pounds athlete is entering preseason camp as third-string split end behind Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett. He is expected to be regular part of the receiver rotation.
Troupe was a highly-decorated football and baseball prospect when he signed with Georgia out of Tift County High in 2007. A member of the AJC’s Super 11, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of high school. After signing with the Bulldogs, Troupe was redshirted in 2007. He has played in 32 games the last three seasons with no starts and has 11 career catches for 157 yards and a touchdown (a 50-yarder versus Auburn in 2009).
Georgia has seen a marked improvement in off-field behavior by its players this year, entering preseason camp this week with zero arrests. The Bulldogs had 12 known arrests in 2010.