Georgia State Football Suspends Two, and Dismisses One for Bar Fight

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIApril 20, 2012

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The Georgia State Panthers football team took disciplinary action Friday against three players involved in a fight outside an Atlanta bar early Thursday morning.  Backup quarterback Bo Schlechter was kicked off the team, while kicker Christian Benvenuto and linebacker Dexter Moody were suspended indefinitely.

According to witnesses, a group of Georgia State students including the three football players confronted a group of patrons at the bar.  As it escalated, Schlechter then attacked one of the men, according to witnesses. 

After police arrived on the scene, six men were taken away in handcuffs.  Among those six were Schlechter, Benvenuto, and Moody.

The loss of Schlechter is not expected to affect the Panthers much, as he was projected to be the third-string QB this upcoming season.  He was also used as a secondary punter last season for the Panthers.

More concerning to Georgia State fans are the suspensions of Benvenuto and Moody.  On a team that scored more than 30 points in a game only once last season, Benvenuto was the second-leading scorer, providing a total of 46 points on PATs and field goals.

Moody was the leading tackler for the Panthers last season, providing 65 tackles from his outside linebacker spot.  He was already on suspension for unspecified reasons, and will remain suspended for his role in the fight.  His future with the team is unclear, especially in light of his detainment by the police Thursday morning. 

Moody was a highly recruited Under Armour All-American coming out of high school, but a series of disciplinary issues led to his offer from nearby Georgia being pulled, and he eventually wound up at Georgia State.

Georgia State recently announced their move from the FCS level to the FBS level, joining the Sun Belt Conference.