It took two games before Natrez Patrick could be a starter again.
Judging by his reaction after Saturday’s 38-7 win over Georgia Tech, Patrick doesn’t want to do anything to put himself in another position to miss playing time.
Earlier this season, Patrick was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was subsequently suspended for four games. Patrick returned for Georgia’s 40-17 loss against Auburn and 42-13 win over Kentucky.
But in each of those games, Patrick came off the bench to spell fellow inside linebacker Reggie Carter. During practice this week, it was Patrick working as the first-team inside linebacker. He then got the starting nod against the Yellow Jackets.
“It was a mistake. Mistakes are made,” Patrick said. “It’s one you have to move on from, one you have to grow from.”
There won’t be a third mistake of this sort for Patrick to bounce back from, as another would boot him from the program. Taking responsibility for what transpired, Patrick said it was hard to be away from his teammates during that four-game