Depending on how things shake out in the coming days, Georgia’s defense could take a rather significant hit, so to speak.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, campus police are investigating a pair of UGA linebackers, sophomores Natrez Patrick (pictured) and Roquan Smith, for alleged marijuana use in the former’s dorm room. Police were called to the dorm by an R.A. who smelled weed on the fourth floor of the building.
A search of Patrick’s room “produced no marijuana of testable quality,” so neither player has been arrested as of yet.
From the Journal-Constitution:
However, police said Patrick admitted to keeping marijuana a hidden compartment built within a fake can of Arizona Strawberry Tea that was confiscated. Other discoveries identified from the search were a “green smoke buddy” used to masked the smell of marijuana when in use, tobacco gutted from Black N’ Mild cigars, several lighters and rolled up towels pushed up against door cracks, according to the incident report.
The football program has yet to publicly address the situation.
Both Patrick and Smith are starters. Patrick is the Bulldogs’ leading tackler with 43, while Smith is No. 2 with 39.
Along with then-teammate Chauncey Rivers, Patrick was arrested back in early November for marijuana possession. A month later, Patrick was present but not charged when Rivers was again arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Patrick, the team’s third-leading tackler at the time, was suspended for UGA’s bowl game while Rivers was dismissed from the program this past May following his third weed arrest.