Kirby Smart comments on Natrez Patrick and Deangelo Gibbs

Georgia inside linebacker Natrez Patrick (6) on the sideline before kickoff of the NCAA Championship game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, Monday, January 8, 2018. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

On the day Georgia added its newest Bulldogs on the February national signing day, coach Kirby Smart was asked about two players that weren’t available during their run in the College Football Playoff: Natrez Patrick and Deangelo Gibbs.


“I think both those kids are working really hard, doing the things we’ve asked them to do,” Smart said when asked how they were doing and if he expected them to contribute this coming season. “I’ll be honest with you, we’re trying to help them as much off the field as on the field right now.”

Patrick, a senior who started seven games at inside linebacker last season, entered a 30-day drug treatment program after testing positive twice on a court-administered drug test in Athens Clarke-County. Patrick was twice suspended for misdemeanor marijuana arrests, the last time for four games, and was arrested in Barrow County hours after the SEC championship game on another marijuana charge that was later dropped.

He was on the sideline during Georgia’s national title game loss to Alabama last month.

Smart has not said if Patrick will practice this spring or serve another suspension to start the 2018 season.

Gibbs, a sophomore defensive back who had three tackles in six games in 2017, is not enrolled for the spring semester, the university said last month. The former five-star recruit from Grayson was spotted recently in the football team’s training room, according to

Safety J.R. Reed, Gibbs’ cousin, said in December that Gibbs was dealing with a “medical” issue.