UGA football player arrested on marijuana charge won’t play vs. Vanderbilt


As expected, Georgia inside linebacker Natrez Patrick is being held out of Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt following his arrest for marijuana possession late Thursday night.

UGA’s student-athlete handbook calls for an immediate suspension for a marijuana arrest. This was Patrick’s second marijuana arrest, following one his freshman year in 2015, and a second violation calls for a four-game suspension.

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Georgia junior linebacker Natrez Patrick has been arrested on two misdemeanor charges, including marijuana possession — his second such arrest since joining the team.

Patrick was booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail at 11:37 p.m. on Thursday night on charges of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and parking in a prohibited area. He was released on bond less than hour later. 

Patrick has started every game this year for Georgia (5-0), which plays at Vanderbilt on Saturday at noon. Patrick is tied for third on the team with 17 tackles. 

No announcement has been made about Patrick’s status for the game. If Patrick doesn’s play, Georgia’s depth at inside linebacker may be sorely tested. Senior Reggie Carter, the top reserve at the position, did not practice at least through Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury. So if Patrick and Carter are both held out, it would mean additional playing time for junior Juwan Taylor and/or freshmen Monty Rice and Nate McBride. 

Two years ago, Patrick and then-teammate Chauncey Rivers were arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. Patrick served a one-game suspension, while Rivers eventually was dismissed from the team after two more arrests. 

UGA’s student-athlete handbook calls for a four-game suspension for football players who incur a second marijuana violation. 

Last year, Patrick and fellow inside linebacker Roquan Smith were detained by police, but ultimately not arrested or suspended, after police were called to their room when a resident assistant reported the smell of marijuana. UGA said both players tested negative and were cleared, and in a statement, Patrick said that since his arrest in November 2015 he had “dedicated myself to moving forward.” 

This is the third arrest this year of a Georgia football player on a marijuana charge. Receiver Riley Ridley and tailback Elijah Holyfield were charged with possession in separate arrests earlier this year, and each served a one-game suspension.

Details of the arrest of UGA linebacker Natrez Patrick

No announcement has been made about Patrick’s status for the game. If Patrick doesn’t play, Georgia’s depth at inside linebacker may be sorely tested.

Senior Reggie Carter, the top reserve at the position, did not practice at least through Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury. So if Patrick and Carter are both held out, it would mean additional playing time for junior Juwan Taylor and/or freshmen Monty Rice and Nate McBride.

Two years ago, Patrick and then-teammate Chauncey Rivers were arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. Patrick served a one-game suspension, while Rivers eventually was dismissed from the team after two more arrests.

UGA’s student-athlete handbook calls for a four-game suspension for football players who incur a second marijuana violation.

Last year, Patrick and fellow inside linebacker Roquan Smith were detained by police, but ultimately not arrested or suspended, after police were called to their room when a resident assistant reported the smell of marijuana. UGA said both players tested negative and were cleared, and in a statement, Patrick said that since his arrest in November 2015 he had “dedicated myself to moving forward.”

This is the third arrest this year of a Georgia football player on a marijuana charge. Receiver Riley Ridley and tailback Elijah Holyfield were charged with possession in separate arrests earlier this year, and each served a one-game suspension.


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