Linebacker Natrez Patrick arrested on marijuana charges — Georgia Bulldogs


Patrick was charged with marijuana possession of less than 1 ounce.

Patrick, the listed starter at "Mike" linebacker, is tied for third on the team with 17 tackles. Patrick was also arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges as a freshman. He was released Friday morning at 12:25 on bonds totaling $1,500.

Patrick was initially approached by police because he unlawfully parked his auto in front of a convenience store with his flashers on. Patrick came out and said it was his. Police asked him for his driver's license, which was in the vehicle.

"When Patrick opened and then closed his door quickly I smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle". The officer looked closer through the window of the vehicle and saw "numerous small pieces of marijuana". After being asked again, Patrick told an officer that the marijuana was in the center console. While searching the vehicle, the officer said he found marijuana in the center console.

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Patrick was the placed in handcuffs so the officer could search the auto.

Georgia already is expected to be without senior inside linebacker Reggie Carter, who suffered an undisclosed injury early in last week's 41-0 win at Tennessee.

A University of Georgia football player was arrested Thursday night.

If Georgia is without Carter and Patrick, such backups as freshmen Monty Rice and Nate McBride and junior Juwan Taylor could play bigger roles. That cleared the way for them to play against Florida past year.