Natrez Patrick Expected Back – Won’t Be Handed Starting Role
Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested on October 5th on two misdemeanor charges, including marijuana possession. Since this was Patrick’s second arrest, he was issued a four game suspension that has now come to an end….
Prior to Patrick’s arrest midway through the season, the then-starting inside linebacker had been performing at a high level, playing a key role in Georgia’s defense.
Upon returning from a concussion, senior inside linebacker Reggie Carter took over the starting position in Patrick’s absence and did not miss a beat, leaving Kirby Smart with a decision to make leading up to Georgia’s game against Auburn.
“His (Natrez Patrick) discipline will be handled internally like it always is,” Smart said. “He’s been practicing with us the last few weeks. He’ll continue to practice with us. And that competition will continue to go on.”
As for Carter, he can’t wait for Patrick to return to the field.
“It’s going to be huge,” Carter told DawgNation regarding Patrick’s return. “When both of us were out, the young guys were doing good. When I came back, the young guys were still doing good. It’s just great to have everybody back, and the young guys with experience under their belt, and having a leader on our defense like Natrez back.”
By “the young guys,” Carter is referring to Juwan Taylor (who is actually a junior) and freshman Monty Rice. Both had a chance to start following Patrick’s suspension because Carter missed the next two games with a concussion.