Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings has been suspended from the first two games of the 2012 season by coach Mark Richt as a result of Commings’ arrest last month.
Commings, a rising senior, will miss the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo in Athens and the Sept. 8 SEC opener at Missouri, UGA announced Wednesday.
Commings was arrested by UGA Police on Jan. 21 on a charge of domestic violence/simple battery. He allegedly struck his girlfriend during a late-night argument in downtown Athens, police said at the time.
Commings has a March 22 arraignment scheduled in Athens-Clarke County state court. The incident also has been under investigation by UGA’s Office of Student Conduct since Jan. 23.
Commings, who is from Augusta, has played in all but one game the past three seasons. He started all 14 games last season, when he led the team in pass breakups (12) and tied for fourth on the team in tackles (55).
Richt announced Commings’ suspension via a news release from UGA sports communications. However, he did not include a comment and was not available for comment.
Georgia spokesperson Claude Felton said Richt’s decision came Wednesday after Richt met with Commings one last time at the completion of his own investigation of the incident.