ATHENS - Jonathan Taylor was dismissed from the Georgia football team on Wednesday, shortly after his release from jail on a felony charge of assault and domestic battery.
Taylor, who was arrested on Tuesday morning, spent about 28 hours in jail before his release just before noon on Wednesday. A few hours later UGA announced his departure, which was not unexpected given the circumstances and head coach Mark Richt's recent history with such cases.
This was the first felony charge for a current Georgia player since Isaiah Crowell's gun charge in 2012. Crowell was also dismissed within hours of being bailed out of jail.
Taylor becomes the third player - all on defense - to be dismissed from Georgia this offseason.
This also leaves defensive end James DeLoach, a fellow graduate of Jenkins County High School, as the only one of the four players arrested in March to remain on the team. Taylor, DeLoach, safety Tray Matthews and receiver Uriah LeMay were arrested on misdemeanor charges related to double-dipping scholarship checks. LeMay eventually transferred and Matthews was dismissed for an accumulation of off-field issues.
Taylor was a promising defensive lineman who stood to play a good deal this season, if not start. He received high marks from coaches for his offseason workouts, and had a good G-Day game, notching two sacks and seven tackles. At 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, he was perhaps the team's biggest player.
As a redshirt freshman last year, Taylor played in 10 games, recording nine tackles and one sack. His best performance last year was against Appalachian State, when he had a season-high five tackles and a sack.
Then-senior defensive end Garrison Smith said last year that Taylor had a chance to be one of the best defensive lineman that Georgia has ever produced. Instead he becomes the latest talented player to be dismissed early in his career.
Safeties Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons were dismissed earlier this year. Matthews transferred to Auburn and Harvey-Clemons to Louisville.
Nick Marshall, Chris Sanders and Sanford Seay were each dismissed in February 2012 after a dorm-room theft incident. Each will be at another FBS school this year, and last year Marshall quarterbacked Auburn to an SEC championship and a close loss in the national title game.
Crowell ended up at Alabama State, a Division II school, declared for the NFL draft after two seasons and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Taylor's departure may hurt Georgia more in the long term than right away. The Bulldogs have good depth on the defensive line, with Smith the only other player to leave. The team returns Chris Mayes, Ray Drew, Sterling Bailey, Josh Dawson and DeLoach. They also add five-star prospect Lorenzo Carter, who can play defensive end or outside linebacker, as well as four star Lamont Galliard, who can play nose and end.