ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested late Thursday night by Athens-Clarke County police on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.
Under Georgia athletics’ drug and alcohol policy, Patrick would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt and three more games as part of a four-game suspension (30 percent of the season) because this is his second marijuana arrest, leaving the Bulldogs particularly thin at the position this week.
Patrick, a junior from Atlanta who is tied for third on the team in tackles with 17, was suspended for a game in 2015 following a November arrest.
Patrick was charged Thursday night with possession of marijuana of less than one ounce, the same charge he was arrested for in 2015. He also was charged Thursday night with “parking in a prohibited area,” according to a police spokesperson. He was booked at 11:37 p.m. and was released on bonds totaling $1,500 at 12:25 a.m. Friday.
Georgia could be missing two of its top three inside linebackers because senior Reggie Carter had not practiced the first three days of this week due to an undisclosed injury. Thursday’s practice was closed to the media.
That would leave Roquan Smith, Juwan Taylor and freshman Monty Rice as top inside linebacker options.
Patrick and Smith tested negative on drug tests in October 2015, Georgia announced, after police investigated a report of suspected marijuana use in a campus dorm room. That cleared the way for them to play against Florida last year.