Update: UGA's Washington suspended

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Monday, October 3, 2011

A day after Georgia linebacker and former Burke County standout Cornelius Washington was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, Coach Mark Richt announced the junior is suspended for the next two games.

Washington was pulled over in Jackson County just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday going 92 in a 55 mph zone.

He told the officer he "had a couple shots" earlier in the night, but failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.12 blood alcohol content on a sensor, above the state's legal limit of 0.08.

Richt told the AJC, "He's sick. He feels awful. He knows he let the team down, let his coaches down."

Washington was arrested just hours after a breakout performance for the Dawgs. He had four tackles and two sacks and was a captain in the win over Mississippi State Saturday.

The arrest is the first of the year for the Bulldogs.

Freshman Ray Drew is expected to replace the 22-year-old.