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Georgia senior LB Natrez Patrick appears to be on track to return to team

ATHENS, Ga. – It appears as if Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick, who was suspended for the Bulldogs’ College Football Playoff games last season, is on track to return to the team.

Patrick’s arrest in December for marijuana possession led to him missing the Rose Bowl and the national championship game, and there was some doubt as to whether Patrick – who has had three marijuana-related arrests since joining the team – would be allowed to return for his senior season.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday in his pre-spring news conference that Patrick is “working hard on and off the field. I’ve been very pleased with his ability to come back and overcome some hurdles in his life.”

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Smart also said Patrick has “done everything” that has been asked of him. With Patrick enrolled in spring classes, all signs are pointing toward a return to the field.

Patrick started seven games last season, finishing with 35 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Georgia lost three starters at linebacker, along with part-time starter Reggie Carter, so all four linebacker spots are open heading into spring ball. A healthy and invested Patrick would be considered a front-runner to win the starting job at one of the inside spots.

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