Three members of Georgia’s “Dream Team” recruiting class from last year were dismissed from the team today.
Defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders and wide receiver Sanford Seay were booted for a “violation of team rules,” according to the school.
Seay was accused of stealing money from another student in a university dorm room, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Marshall’s name also has been connected to the same incident.
“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this
team and University,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made and part of our job is helping themlearn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”
University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson was unaware of a theft report filed in which football players were either suspects or victims, he said.
As a freshman last season, Marshall recorded five tackles in 13 games with a role on special teams.
“All I’m going to say on it we have been informed that he will be released from the football team,” Mark Ledford, who coached Marshall at Wilcox County, said before the announcement “I know everything out there that’s been said. Any details that will be released, I’ll let Georgia handle that.”
Marshall had designs on playing for the Bulldogs’ basketball team in future seasons and was viewed as athletic enough to offer playmaking abilities on offense as well.
“I think it’s a shame,” Ledford said. “He had a great opportunity at Georgia. He was going to have an opportunity to contribute to the team more next year, but that’s opportunity is gone now.”
Sanders, from Tucker High, recorded three tackles in three games last season before being lost for the season with a shoulder injury.
Seay was a scout team player last season after arriving from Lee County High School. He had already run into team discipline issues during the season.
He was unlikely to be in the rotation at receiver this season.
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