Last Sunday Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was named the winner of the 2017 Butkus Award, which is an honor given to the top linebacker in the nation. Smith was the first player in Georgia history to receive this special distinction.
The junior took 60 percent of the first place votes for the award just a day after racking up 13 tackles and recovering two fumbles to lead Georgia's defense in a 28-7 win over Auburn in the SEC championship.
He also earned MVP honors in the game, as reported in The Red & Black. In the 2017 season, Smith has led the team with 113 tackles and recorded 5.5 sacks.
The Montezuma, Ga., native competed with four other finalists, Michigan's Devin Bush, Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edwards, Wisconsin's T.J. Edwards and Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel.
Georgia's defense, which was led by Smith, ranks fourth in total defense, allowing 279 yards per game to opposing offenses.
Despite the good news of the SEC Championship win and Smith’s award, the Bulldogs also received some bad news.
Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested following the game according to an online booking report, as first reported by UGASports.com.
According to the report, the arrest took place at 11:50 p.m. in Barrow County. Patrick’s bond was set at $1,030.
No other details were provided in the report.
Sixth on the team this season with 35 total tackles, he has also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss on the year. He also made three tackles in the SEC championship game.
This would make Patrick’s third arrest while on the Georgia football team, and the second one of the year. Patrick was suspended four games earlier in the year after his second arrest for marijuana possession.
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