The Banner Herald's Marc Weiszer is reporting that Georgia redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Taylor was booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail this morning on charges of aggravated assault.
Weiszer has no details of the arrest, but you'll recall that Taylor was among the four players arrested this spring as part of that tuition check "double dipping" incident. Two of the four (Uriah Lemay and Tray Matthews) are already off the team, leaving only Taylor and his Jenkins County High School teammate James Deloach. While I earnestly hope that this is some sort of misunderstanding, if it's not then it likely spells the end of Taylor's career in Athens.
Coming out of spring Taylor was listed at third on the depth chart at defensive tackle, a position at which the Red and Black actually have a reasonable amount of quality depth. So this is not likely to be viewed as any sort of tragedy by most fans. However if Taylor is done in Athens it is a tragic waste of talent, as the Millen native came to Athens as a consensus four star recruit ranked among the top ten in the country at his position. In 2013 Taylor tallied 7 tackles and 1 sack training at both DT and DE, and I for one was hoping he'd progress so that in 2015 he'd be in position to even move into the starting rotation. Alas, that looks unlikely now. We'll have more on this story as it develops. Until later . . .