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Georgia junior inside linebacker Natrez Patrick (6), shown here making a stop along with Roquan Smith at Georgia Tech last month, had a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge dropped this week.

A misdemeanor marijuana charge against Georgia junior inside linebacker Natrez Patrick has been dismissed by the district attorney's office in Barrow County.

Patrick and junior Bulldogs receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested several hours after Georgia's 28-7 win over Auburn in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 2. Stanley was pulled over for speeding on Georgia Highway 316 and was charged with driving under the influence, and both he and Patrick were charged with marijuana possession.

The DA's office dropped the DUI charge Thursday during a hearing at Barrow County Probate Court after Stanley agreed to plead guilty to speeding and marijuana possession.

ESPN was the first to report the dismissals of Stanley's DUI charge and Patrick's marijuana charge. According to ESPN, officers arrested Patrick after discovering a loose leaf of marijuana smaller than a penny in the passenger's seat of Stanley's car.

Patrick was suspended one game as a freshman in 2015 after a marijuana-related arrest, and a second marijuana-related arrest in October resulted in a four-game suspension this season. A third marijuana-related arrest results in the dismissal from the team according to university policy, but Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after Patrick's latest arrest that information was still being gathered.

The No. 3 Bulldogs (12-1) are expected to start on-campus practices this weekend for their national semifinal date against Oklahoma (12-1) in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, with Smart next scheduled to meet with the media Monday. Patrick, a 6-foot-3, 238-pounder from Atlanta, has 35 tackles this season.

Bobo deal extended

Former Georgia quarterback and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on Thursday received a three-year contract extension as Colorado State's head coach that will run through the 2022 season. Bobo was set to make $1.65 million next year but will instead earn $1.8 million, with his new deal also calling for annual increases of $100,000.

Bobo has gone 7-6, 7-6 and 7-5 in his three seasons directing the Rams, who will play Marshall on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

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