Two Georgia freshmen arrested on weapons charges

Tuesday April 12th, 2016

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Georgia freshmen Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested on charges of possessing a weapon in a school zone and second degree criminal damage, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The charges stem from the players shooting solo cups in their dorm room with a BB gun, according to Athens attorney Kim Stephens. The incident left marks around the room. 

The players were booked at the Athens-Clarke County jail at 12:13 a.m. on Tuesday. 

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart responded to the incident in a statement Tuesday. 

“I’m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad,” Smart said. “We expect full compliance with the policies of the University and of our football program from all our student-athletes. Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an appropriate manner.”

Rochester is a four-star defensive tackle and Clay is a four-star cornerback, according to Both players are early enrollees.

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