Georgia senior cornerback Sanders Commings was issued a two-game suspension Wednesday by Bulldogs head coach mark Richt.
Commings' suspension comes as a result of his arrest Jan. 21. The Augusta native was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after an incident with his girlfriend in downtown Athens.
Commings, who started every game last year, will miss the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo in Athens and the Sept. 8 SEC opener against Missouri in Columbia.
The loss of Commings sets up to be very critical against Missouri, which just signed the nation's top receiving prospect, Dorial Green-Beckham. Commings was expected to start along with senior Branden Smith.
Now Damian Swann, who played off the bench as a freshman in 2011, figures to move into a starting role.
Georgia's secondary depth has been ravaged, dating back to last fall: Jakar Hamtilton, who was taking a medical redshirt and would have been a senior in 2012, elected to transfer; Sophomore Derek Owens also left the program. After the season Jordan Love, who was a reserve cornerback in 2011, decided to transfer.
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Then on Feb. 3 freshmen cornerbacks Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders were dismissed from the team, along with freshman receiver Sanford Seay.
The Bulldogs only signed one defensive back on Feb. 1, cornerback Sheldon Dawson from Memphis. The team has also spoken with Mario Alford, a prospect who just finished his freshman year at Georgia Military Academy. But as of Wednesday the team had yet to offer a scholarship to Alford, who has enough credits to transfer to Georgia and play next fall.