The University of Georgia has announced that linebackers Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith, the Bulldogs’ top two leading tacklers on defense this season, will not be suspended and will not miss any games for an incident that took place back on October 15th of this month after UGA’s homecoming game against Vanderbilt where police were called out to investigate the odor of marijuana coming from the hallway on which Patrick’s dorm room is located. No illegal substances were found and neither player was arrested.
Statement from UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity:
“After receiving an incident report last week, we determined that neither Roquan Smith nor Natrez Patrick had violated any Athletic Association rules that would require suspension. This included drug testing, which was negative for both student-athletes.”
Statement from UGA sophomore linebacker Natrez Patrick:
“Since November 2015, I have dedicated myself to moving forward. I’m blessed to have done that despite hurdles I’ve had to clear. This incident was simply another hurdle and I was confident I would successfully clear it. I’ll continue to move forward and I’m anxious to play on Saturday.”
Statement from UGA sophomore linebacker Roquan Smith:
“As a student at the University of Georgia and a member of the football team, I take this opportunity very seriously. I have followed the rules of the Athletic Association and I am happy this situation has been rightfully resolved. I look forward to representing my school and my team on Saturday in Jacksonville.”