DeLoach and Taylor will not face suspension for March arrests

semerson@macon.comJune 5, 2014 

ATHENS - James DeLoach and Jon Taylor, the two remaining Georgia players among those arrested in March on theft charges, will not face suspension this season after entering pre-trial intervention on Thursday.

DeLoach and Taylor, a pair of defensive linemen with a chance to play a lot this season, will instead face what UGA calls "significant additional internal discipline."

The announcement from UGA came a few hours after the two players, and now-former Bulldogs Tray Matthews and Uriah LeMay, received pre-trial intervention in Athens-Clarke County Court. The four were arrested on misdemeanor charges of double-dipping scholarship checks from UGA.

Matthews was dismissed from Georgia on Tuesday, for an accumulation of issues that included the March arrests. LeMay, unlike the other three players, was charged with taking a teammate's check and double-cashing it. He has since transferred to Charlotte.

The four players will have all charges dropped against them as long as they meet terms of pre-trial intervention. Those terms were not available yet from the Athens-Clarke County clerk's office.

Each player only appeared before the judge for about a minute, with the judge telling each that she suggested they make use of the opportunity afforded by PTI.

Each player was charged with double-dipping on scholarship checks of around $75. It was discovered by UGA's athletics department when it checked financials, and it reported it to police.

The players declined comment as they left the courtroom, accompanied by family and Bryant Gantt, the football team's program coordinator who worked in an Athens law office for 20 years.

DeLoach and Taylor were classmates Jenkins County High School in Millen. DeLoach, a junior, finished spring practice as a first-teamer at defensive end, after playing as a reserve his first two seasons, totaling eight tackles. Taylor, a redshirt sophomore, played in 10 games last year and had nine tackles and one sack.

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