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UGA football players arrested after SEC Championship win

UGA football players arrested after SEC Championship win

Just hours after Georgia defeated Auburn to win its first SEC Championship since 2005, thus sealing its place in the College Football Playoff final four, the Bulldogs were dealt a blow in the form of two arrests.

Linebacker Natrez Patrick was one of two Georgia players arrested late Saturday night on misdemeanor marijuana charges.

Stanley was arrested and charged for DUI, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and speeding, going 87 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone. Authorities say Patrick was a passenger in a auto pulled over late Saturday that was driven by Georgia backup wide receiver Jayson Stanley.

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Smith said Patrick paid a "small fine" and has since been released.

It's the third arrest for Patrick, the team's starting middle linebacker, in his Georgia career. He totaled three tackles in Saturday's SEC championship game. Patrick served a one-game suspension.

He was arrested back in November 2015 with teammate Chauncey Rivers, who was eventually dismissed from the team, by Athens-Clarke County Police for marijuana possession on campus. He had three tackles in the game.