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Update: UGA dismisses three freshmen players

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UPDATED 10:26 a.m. ET: In a press release, Georgia confirmed that wide receiver Sanford Seay and defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders have been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.  All three players were freshmen in 2011.

“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” said head coach Mark Richt in statement. “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities.  Mistakes were made and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”

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The post-signing day attrition continues across college football as Georgia has reportedly dismissed at two players from its football program.

Both the Macon Telegraph and Athens Banner-Herald are reporting that wide receiver Sanford Seay has gotten the boot from head coach Mark Richt.  The Telegraph reports that, per his high school coach, Seay is off the team for violating unspecified rules after earlier “minor issues with the team”; the Banner-Herald reports that Seay was dismissed after stealing money from another student in a dorm room.

The paper notes that criminal charges aren’t expected to arise from that situation.

The FOX affiliate in Atlanta is also reporting that cornerback Nick Marshall was involved in the same incident as Seay and has been dismissed as well. The television station stated that Seay and Marshall allegedly stole $500 in money and valuables from a teammate.

Both papers subsequently confirmed that Marshall will be dismissed as well.  The school has yet to comment on the status of either player.

Seay took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.  Marshall played in 13 games in 2011, mainly on special teams.

This is the second off-field incident involving a Georgia player the past two weeks; last month, starting cornerback Sanders Commings was charged with domestic violence and simple battery.

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  1. woebegong says: Feb 3, 2012 10:17 AM

    These two kids, if the reports are accurate, have just blown a big chance of being part of something special at UGA next year and there really is no excuse for them. Times are tough for sure but they are almost always tough for kids, that don’t come from well to do families and they manage to get by. They have thrown their educational and athletic futures away just that quick. Coach Richt has let it be known this previous year and from that point going forward, that he is no longer going to tolerate and give another chance to folks that can’t behave like they should. I applaud him for his stance and actions.

  2. mydixienormus says: Feb 3, 2012 10:29 AM

    So Coach Richt has chosen his 13th year on the job to make a stand against thugary?

    Bravo coach. WWJD? <– I put this here because we hear all the time that you are a jesus lover and a realllllllly nice guy.

  3. tizomps says: Feb 3, 2012 10:37 AM

    that’s the biggest roller skate I have ever seen.

  4. woebegong says: Feb 3, 2012 10:37 AM

    Obviously you know very little about the HC at Georgia and are just another clown writing to see yourself in print. CMR has always believed in giving folks a second chance because he believes in them, but in this instance, these stupid kids tried to take money from their own team mates. This in inexcusable and can not be tolerated. As for Jesus lover comment, all I can say is really sad. CMR is one of the fairest coaches in the profession and I am glad he isn’t so cut throat as some I see in the coaching ranks. He honors his commitments and makes it his responsibility to try and prepare these young men for life, not just to play football.

  5. mydixienormus says: Feb 3, 2012 10:41 AM

    Just having a little fun here woebegong.

    Coach Richt is a nice guy, we all know that.

    Would you admit that UGA seems to have more off field issues that most teams? Unless you compare them to Florida… That is setting the bar pretty low.

  6. 78lion says: Feb 3, 2012 10:47 AM

    Let’s not lump these dismissals with the rest of the get to 85 roster dumping going on.

  7. woebegong says: Feb 3, 2012 10:48 AM

    If you had the police dept. they have in Athens Georgia you would understand why. They seem to catch everything a kid from UGA does there. Not that what some of these kids do should land then in hot water, but a lot of the college in the SEC, almost seem to have deals worked out with the police department to ignore or just turn the kids that get into off campus trouble, over to the coaches.
    Another thing is, that only two schools in the SEC have an open policy that goes beyond the old mantel, “violation of school policy”. UGA and Kentucky both state why these kids are dismissed unlike a lot of the colleges do. You would have to naive to think that UGA is all that much worse than any other school, that has big time visibility.

  8. timh1955 says: Feb 3, 2012 11:00 AM

    Too bad Isaiah Crowell wasn’t one of the ones kicked off the team!

  9. woebegong says: Feb 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    With 20 kids recruited for UGA out of a total of 27 they could have signed, for sure that is not a problem for UGA. UGA will most likely give 7 scholarships to junior and senior walk ons to boot. Even at that, UGA will have room in the 2013 to award 28 counting three back fills from 2012. The dismissal of these two will give UGA two more open scholarships as well, but the SEC, only allows a school 25 per year plus 3 back fills each year, as long as the total scholarships does not exceed 85. Conceivable, until the spring signing period is over, UGA could fill these two now, vacant scholarship openings. We still have room even without these two though to fill seven more scholarships for 2012. CMR will not recruit any more folks than his limit, and once you get a scholarship at UGA, barring stupid things that some kids do, you will have that scholarship for 4 years, because he honors the commitment and maybe that is why he is perceived by some as being a softy.

  10. woebegong says: Feb 3, 2012 11:08 AM

    I think you will see a different, more mature I. Crowell on the field this year. He will be in the position this year, where he has some solid competition for playing time, and I think he either comes in with a more mature attitude and works harder at his craft, or he rides the pine, and decides to transfer after doing it for a whole year. He has all of the God given athletic skills you could ask for in a RB, but his attitude and lack of dedication to working to get into shape hurt both him and the entire team in 2011. He will have to step it up because UGA has four other backs capable of toting the rock this year, including two top national H.S. All Americans in the North Carolina twin set we signed.

  11. secrules says: Feb 3, 2012 3:02 PM

    Les Miles will give these guys a position at LSU just like Mettenberger.

  12. thegamecocker says: Feb 4, 2012 10:22 AM

    No, no….these kids will NOT wind up at LSU like SECURLES says. They will either wind up at AUBURN which seeks players with these qualities or CLEMSON. BTW clemson fans, WEST VIRGINIA IS STARTING ANOTHER DRIVE……..
    I still cannot get over the record setting year CLEMSON had…they actually let a BIG EAST school score a RECORD 70 points in a BOWL GAME!!! TEN TD’S…..GREAT JOB DABO!!!! And he says CLEMSON is THE university of South Carolina….a GD fool is what DABO is.

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