While Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is facing a serious legal issue, a couple of players for Sooner’s Rose Bowl opponent are dealing with some legal issues of their own. Two starting players for the University of Georgia were arrested hours after winning the SEC Championship Game. Both Natrez Patrick and Jayson Stanley were arrested during a traffic stop on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence.
According to the police report, Stanley was driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. Upon being pulled over the officer smelled an “overpowering” smell of marijuana. Upon investigation of the vehicle, several small traces of marijuana were found along with a “large bag” containing less than one ounce of marijuana.
Both Patrick and Stanley were taken to the Barrow County detention center where Stanley was administered a blood and urine test for drugs. Patrick was released with a citation for possession of marijuana less than one ounce. Stanley was cited for DUI-drugs, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, and speeding.
Patrick is a 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker and the sixth leading tackler for Georgia. Stanley, a wide receiver, has registered zero catches on the year, but started against Auburn in the SEC Championship game.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart stated that University of Georgia officials were still trying to ascertain what all happened, but the UGA student-athlete handbook outlines what their potential punishments may be.
Stanley was driving the car, but is also his first offense. The handbook mandates a minimum two-game suspension in this scenario. Patrick is potentially looking at a more severe punishment. This makes his third arrest while being at Georgia, his second this season. The handbook mandates an automatic dismissal after three strikes.
If both punishments are enforced, both players would be ineligible for the Bulldogs College Football Playoff game against the Oklahoma Sooners. While Stanley might not have made much impact, losing a starting defensive player before playing the best offense in the country is not a good thing to happen.