Atkins arrested over license issue

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman defensive lineman John Atkins was arrested Friday on a pair of misdemeanor driving charges.

UGA campus police stopped Atkins for a seat belt infraction Friday afternoon and determined that he did not have a valid driver's license. UGA's sports information office released a media advisory on Friday evening saying Atkins was on his way to a 4:30 p.m. appointment at the state driver's license/state patrol office in his hometown of Thomson when he was pulled over. The purpose of the appointment was to clear up his license issue.

Nonetheless, he was booked into the Clarke County jail at 3:32 p.m. Friday and released 35 minutes later on $1,000 bond.

"I am aware of the situation involving John Atkins, and the discipline will be handled internally," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said in the media advisory. "It will not involve any playing time."

Atkins enrolled at Georgia in January after spending last fall at Hargrave Military Academy. He is listed as the Bulldogs' third-team nose guard in the team's summer depth chart.