ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has ended Natrez Patrick’s suspension, inserting the senior inside linebacker into action in the first quarter of the season opener against Austin Peay.
Patrick was suspended for the final two games of the 2017 season, both College Football Playoff games against Oklahoma and Alabama.
Smart said at the start of fall camp that Patrick had been doing everything the team had asked him to do during the offseason. But, Smart also indicated, disciplinary issues with Patrick were still being handled internally.
Patrick emerged as a possible first-team inside linebacker, but on Saturday Juwan Taylor and Monty Rice started.
Patrick game in the game after Austin Peay picked up a first down, coming in along with Tae Crowder.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs must replaced departed SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith, along with departed senior Reggie Carte
Patrick’s issues have been well-documented, as he was suspended four games in the middle of the season before his end of season suspension as the result of an arrest.