Georgia Southern suspends starting quarterback, defensive end after arrests this week

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Saluda County Sheriff’s Office

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Two Georgia Southern Football players were arrested this week and suspended from all football-related activities until further notice, according to head coach Chad Lunsford.

Shai Werts, the junior quarterback from Clinton, S.C., was arrested Wednesday in Saluda, S.C. and charged with speeding and misdemeanor possession of cocaine after residue was discovered on the hood of his car.

Quan Griffin, the junior defensive end of Glen Saint Mary, Fla., was arrested in Baker County, Fla. and charged in conjunction with a domestic dispute.

According to an incident report by Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, Werts was speeding in Saluda County around 9 p.m. when an officer attempted to pull him over. Werts reportedly called 911 because he felt unsafe pulling over on the highway he was driving on. Once he got further into town, he pulled over.

The officer told him he should have pulled over several miles sooner, as it was a main road. Werts was placed under arrest. The officer then asked about the white powder on the hood of the car, and Werts said it was “bird poop”. The officer tested the substance with two separate cocaine kits and both were positive. Werts claimed he had no idea where the cocaine would have come from.

News 3’s Connor Delprete is in Statesboro Friday morning at the team’s first day of practice. Neither Werts nor Griffin are present.

“These suspensions are in place to protect Shai, Quan and the university,” Lunsford told Delprete. “It will allow us to gather more information.”

This case is pending, so the university will not be able to add any other comment.

Last season, Werts started all 13 games and was the only starting quarterback in the FBS not to throw a single interception. Griffin also played in all 13 games last season.

The Eagles are set to play LSU on Aug. 31.

It is unknown at this time if Werts or Griffin will be on the field.

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