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Georgia Tech's Drummond suspended after alcohol plea

POSTED: April 19, 2012 3:22 p.m.

Georgia Tech linebacker and Flowery Branch High School graduate Daniel Drummond pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of boating under the influence and will be suspended for the first 1.5 games of the upcoming season.

“Daniel Drummond will be suspended for our season-opening football game vs. Virginia Tech and the first half of our second regular season game vs. Presbyterian," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a statement. "He also will not participate in (Friday) night’s spring game. I am very disappointed in his actions that resulted from an incident last summer and his failure to inform me of the issue in a timely manner. This is not the conduct that we expect from a member of our football team.”

The incident occurred last July 31 when Drummond, 20, was arrested on Lake Lanier. 

Drummond was The Times Football Player of the Year in 2008 when he led Flowery Branch to the Class AAA state championship game. He played in 11 games last season for Georgia Tech, registering 44 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

In what will be his junior season, Drummond is in line to start at inside linebacker in the fall.

As a result of Wednesday's guilty plea, he has been sentenced to 12 months of probation, 10 hours of community service and fined $1,000. He will also undergo a court-ordered alcohol and drug evaluation.

The Yellow Jackets wrap up spring practice Friday with the annual spring game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free.


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