3 players dismissed by Georgia for team rules violations

ATHENS — Three players have been kicked off the Georgia football team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

UGA coach Mark Richt announced this morning that defensive back Nick Marshall, wide receiver Sanford Seay and  defensive back Chris Sanders have been dismissed from the team. All three are freshmen and were members of Georgia’s 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class.

The school did not address what precipitated the dismissals.

“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” Richt said in a statement. “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made, and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”

Marshall’s high school coach,  Mark Ledford, was reached by the AJC this morning.

“I don’t want to comment on what Nick did,” said Ledford, head football coach at Wilcox County High.  “All I’ll say is I’ve been informed he is going to be released from UGA. As far as the details, I’d rather wait and see what Georgia is going to say officially.”

Marshall, a former AJC Super 11 player, was expected to play a significant role in Georgia’s secondary next season. He played sparingly as a cornerback and nickelback and extensively on special teams as a true freshman last season. A four-star prospect as a guard, he was also expected to join the Bulldogs’ basketball team at some point.

“There were going to be a lot of opportunities for him,” Ledford said. “It’s a shame he’s wasting those opportunities at Georgia. He’s going to have to accept the consequences and hopefully learn from them.”

Sanders, an all-state safety at Tucker, played in the first three games for Georgia before being sidelined with an injury the remainder of the season. He was expected to have four years remaining and contribute in the secondary.

Seay, who is from Leesburg, was redshirted last season, while Sanders, who is from Tucker, played in the first three games before missing the remainder of the season because of injury.

1,099 comments Add your comment

Pubert149

February 3rd, 2012
9:17 am

I love that song! Wet Willie

Pubert149

February 3rd, 2012
9:18 am

How long before they turn off comments?

this dawg want hunt!!

February 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

“And the hits keep on coming” No worry for either one of these kids, they will both be accepted with open arms at Tenn and Auburn. Cam and Bonner ring a bell. These 2 programs are a disgrace and so are their head coaches.

gt mess

February 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

well let the hate begin –i love the participation in our team

Taco Meat

February 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

It never fails… welp, we’re better off without them. Although Nick Marshall could’ve been something special. SMH…

Taco Meat

February 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

Let the trolls come’a rollin’ in…

DawgFan

February 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

Well, this proves it, Richt is the most strict disciplinarian in college football.

ole yeller

February 3rd, 2012
9:23 am

You have to learn about responsiblity. The sooner he better. It’s a shame to see young men throw away a chance to go and do something special. I hope for both these young men that they can profit and grow from this tragic event.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

DawgFan

February 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

Trolls wont view it that way. Its about to be a UGA hate fest in here. Clowns coming in from every direction to make their dumb comments.

bucket

February 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

@ Wet Willie – you are truly a classless individual who delights in the failures of others. I cannot fathom how totally depaved a person has to be to read a story like this and your reaction to it is to come on a blog and laugh. I hope that Marshall and Seay find forgiveness and healing and have an opportunity to get their lives back on track.

Magnum

February 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

Dang. Losing Marshall really hurrts. He is a special player and could have been a star in the coming years. He’s got NFL potential in the defensive secondary.

Jim Rome

February 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

And to think that Mark Richt told me on ESPN-TV that
there isnt a player discipline issue at UGA.

ROTLFMAO

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

this dawg want hunt!!

February 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

Tenn will take them in a heart beat. They took the kid that stole from the UGA locker room already in their 2012 class.

Badger state jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

I just think it’s a damn shame that these kids waste such a great opportunity. I’m a Tech fan, but I hate to see this kind of thing happen anywhere. Don’t these kids know that there are literally thousands of kids that would love to have the chance to play big time football, AND have their education paid at the same time. WHAT a WASTE !!.

SteveL

February 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

This is why recruiting rankings are so flawed.

bill

February 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Where are Bradley and Schultz now, oops it wasn’t Tech.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Jim Rome

February 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

Name fits your comment. Just as stupid as Jim Rome is. hahahaha what a clown. Run along little troll.

Dawgvet

February 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

Word is $500 was stollen from another player.

jerry

February 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

Stealing $500 from teammates.

DawgJohn

February 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

He’s special alright…….I hope he gets his head on straight. What a waste…….Sad……but who is surprised

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

Is this where we get to now troll on a UGA blog after listening ad nauseum at how awful our recruiting class was?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

February 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

So does this mean UGA has two more scholarships to offer? It’s good that they have removed from UGA…fast and clean.

Regis

February 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

Those boys are missing out on a first class education! LOLOL

Captain

February 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

Thieves are never welcome be it the workplace, military, or a team. It’s worse when a thief steals from his teammates, trust is crucial to unity.

jerry

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

@Bill……….
Where are Bradley and Schultz now, oops it wasn’t Tech

They are behind the curve.

jarvis

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

You just used “ROTLFMAO” in a public forum. Look at yourself in the mirror son. Are those the actions of a dbag?
Are you a big Entourage fan?

noseknows

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

Trooper Taylor was there to pick them up in their new Escalades.

SimpleDawg

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

If what’s been reported is true, they must go. When you can’t be trusted in the locker room, how can you be trusted on the field?

It’s a shame that some people with athletic talent are too stupid to leverage that talent into a successful future…..especially when there are so many kids out there who have the dedication and character to play college football, but just don’t have the talent.

Idiots…..social deviants.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

Try and troll and see how embarrassed you get clown!

[...] After a bounce-back season and another strong recruiting class, the relatively serenity of the football program has been blown up. Two players, freshman defensive back Nick Marshall and freshman wide receiver Sanford Seay, have been kicked off the team, per reports relayed by our Chip Towers. [...]

Italian_29

February 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

I don’t understand why these young men don’t value the opportunities that they have been given. I mean the education cost alone is 50 grand. I understand that they are still young and everyone makes mistakes, but REALLY, throwing away a free education and a chance to be something special for a D1 college football team? I know that there are ALOT of young men that would give ANYTHING to have that chance and these guys just throw it away. I really don’t care to hear what it was that got these guys dismissed, it had to be BAD and will just provide fodder for our rivals to sling mud at our program. STUPID!!!!!!!!

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

Bill…hit it right on the head

The ugAJC protects its core demographic

jerry

February 3rd, 2012
9:32 am

Do you believe in predestiny? Of some people to steal? It appears to be so.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

Hahahahahahahah are you kidding the AJC hates UGA. What planet do you live on????

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

TDF…I’m embarrassed for you and your university.

The B

February 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

1. I’m thankful that the coaches are doing the right thing.
2. Remember that these young men are real people. Don’t talk about them on here how you wouldn’t want someone to talk about your son if he were in the same situation.
3. Let’s hope they learn from this and become better men for it. That’s the whole point of discipline.

Good job, CMR.

Stanley In Marietta

February 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

to noseknows:

wrong. you get escalades if you go to bama. also you mom can get a “house-sitting” job in tuscaloosa- if you need a house for your girlfriend and kids.

Anon1

February 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

Now everyone needs to understand that all teams are selecting players from a myriad of environments and personal situations. Some of these kids don’t get the moral upbringing that others get.
This also could show all bloggers that while you spend time trashing another team about problems in their program, you are one day away from it happening to your team.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

ahhahahahahahahha they dont represent UGA anymore, hence they arent on board with how we do things. Good riddance to them. No UGA fan is embarrased by it. They stole and got punished move along.

B5

February 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

Poor Nerds can’t stay off our blogs. Now THAT is funny! Goooo Dawgs!

cattledawg

February 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

I hate to see marshall go but he had to . I’m glad to see some swift discipline from CMR.

jddawg37

February 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

Rome – Players screwed up and they were disciplined – What’s the issue?

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

TDF…

Richt blatantly commits a secondary violation, which the AJC editor noted as a “teensy weensy” self-reported offense. Tech commits and self-reports a similar secondary violation…and Schultz feels the need to rip apart our program…again.

Bulldog on the Bayou

February 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

Rome already burned once, Jim. We no longer have disciplinary issues, Richt took care of them, idiot, for only an idiot would laugh at a young man’s failures. His life might well be ruined because of an very foolish indiscretion and you think that is funny. Glad I’m not your friend. Better yet, glad I’m do not know you.

jerry

February 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

The B…………you could start by having them over for dinner and introduce them to your daughter.

ugaDAWG

February 3rd, 2012
9:37 am

The non-Bulldog trolls are out in unison this morning. I doubt many real Bulldogs go on their boards. When you’re the best, you always have a target on your back. Go ‘Dawgs!

Ssgt Dawg

February 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

I hate to see young men, and in this case African American men blow opportunities. I wish these guys knew how few opportunities life gives you and how hard it is to bounce back from such misdeeds. I hope that they learn from this and prosper in life and secondly get back on a football field.

Columbus

February 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

I heard it was stealing. Richt isnt playing. Seay had some minor incidents but I have heard nothing at all about Marshall doing anything wrong prior to this and he is gone. Its a new day in Athens. Better get in line….

Just Sayin

February 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

And it begins! Character kids UGA recruits.

TDF

February 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

FL Jacket

February 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

BC it was the lowest level secondary offense by Richt, it didnt give us any advantage in recruiting. Tech on the other hand had a coach just blatantly sending texts when he shouldnt….. now thats Dumb.

Highly doubt that Richt even knew it was a violation…. where as your coach knew it was.

And if Tech didnt suck so bad maybe the crappy writers wouldnt lay into Tech so hard. But they do it to UGA just as bad. Have you never seen the titles for UGA Recruiting Articles???