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South Carolina offensive lineman charged with DUI

Christian Pellage
Christian Pellage dmclemore@thestate.com

South Carolina sophomore Christian Pellage has been indefinitely suspended and will miss at least one game after being charged with DUI on Friday.

Pellage is suspended from all football activities until his case is resolved, per USC athletic department policy. Players are set to report on Aug. 1, with the first day of practice Aug. 2.

Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said that he has met with athletic director Ray Tanner about the incident. Pellage also has met with Tanner, a requirement for a South Carolina athlete after any arrest.

“He is going to miss some game time,” Muschamp said. “I am working through all the details with Christian.”

Pellage, 19, was charged with first-offense DUI on Friday, according to a police report. He was released on a $1,017 personal recognizance bond later that night. He has a court date at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder played in all 12 games as a freshman, primarily on special teams. He is listed as the backup to left guard Zack Bailey on the Gamecocks’ preseason depth chart.

Staff writer David Cloninger contributed to this story.

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