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Kirby Smart lets Julian Rochester, Chad Clay play in G-Day following arrests

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Although Julian Rochester and Chad Clay are facing discipline following their felony arrests earlier this week, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart made the call to go ahead and let them participate in Saturday’s G-Day scrimmage.

Smart said he’s going to let the legal process play out before coming to a final determination on what their punishment will be. Rochester and Clay were arrested for possessing a weapon in a school zone and causing second-degree criminal damage to property.

The two football players had a BB gun in their university dorm, which is against state law, and allegedly damaged walls and other items inside and outside the room.

“Julian and Chad will end up being disciplined in the appropriate manner,” Smart said following the G-Day game. “They came back to practice on Thursday. They were back out there (Saturday). Once that decision is made it will be a lot easier for us to move forward, once we decide what that discipline is going to be. But it wasn’t any factor in (Saturday's) decision. I wanted those players to go out and compete and get a chance to grow.”

Clay recorded two tackles at safety and Rochester did not show up in the stat sheet as a defensive lineman.

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