Georgia cornerback Shaq Wiggins, a rising sophomore and one of the brightest spots on an underwhelming 2013 defense, was arrested on Sunday night for driving with a suspended license, per Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph:
Georgia freshman CB Shaq Wiggins was arrested early this morning on charges of speeding and driving on a suspended license.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) January 13, 2014
According to Emerson's article, Wiggins was pulled over for driving nearly 20 mph over the speed limit on College Station Road at around 9:30 p.m. When his license was processed by the arresting officer, it was learned to have been suspended for a previous failure to appear in court, so Wiggins was booked into the Clarke County Jail.
"As (the officer) ran his driver’s license doing a check, it returned for a failure to appear, so he arrested him for that,” said Hilda Sorrow, Athens-Clarke County police spokeswoman, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. Wiggins was then released on bonds totaling $2,000 a couple of hours later.
Wiggins was a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2013, ranked the No. 128 overall player and No. 12 cornerback in the country on the 247Sports composite. Despite questions about his height (5'9''), he started the final eight games as a true freshman this season and had a team-high two interceptions.
Wiggins also had the Bulldogs' only defensive touchdown of the season, running back an interception 39 yards for a score in the second quarter of Georgia's loss at Vanderbilt.
Per Emerson, Georgia's student-athlete policy does not require that a player serve suspension time for a misdemeanor arrest. Before last season, when defensive lineman John Atkins was arrested for driving on only a learner's permit, head coach Mark Richt opted to handle the matter internally and didn't issue a suspension.
This seems to be a similar instance, so it appears unlikely that Wiggins will have to miss time next season. Still, even on a minor traffic offense, this is yet another case of a UGA player getting arrested in the offseason, which seems to happen like clockwork each year.
The Bulldogs host Clemson in the 2014 season opener.