Natrez Patrick, Roquan Smith cleared for Florida game after investigation

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's two leading tacklers will be able to play against No. 14 Florida after being cleared of marijuana possession.

The school announced Monday that inside linebackers Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith violated no university policies that would require a suspension. Athletic director Greg McGarity said both players passed drug tests.

Police were called to Patrick's dormitory room shortly after an Oct. 15 loss to Vanderbilt. A resident assistant reported the smell of pot, but no drugs were found and neither player was charged.

Patrick served a one-game suspension last year after being arrested for marijuana possession. He is the Bulldogs' leader with 42 tackles this season, followed by Smith with 39.

Coach Kirby Smart said both players are "exemplary leaders" and that he is pleased they can put the matter behind them.