Third Georgia player arrested since team made College Football Playoff

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer. He is the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Defensive back Latavious Brini was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Clarke County sheriff's office. He was released about three hours later on $5,700 bond, jail records show.

Media outlets report that Brini's arrest stems from a July incident in which the counterfeit bill was used to make an $8 purchase at a pet supplies store, with the suspect receiving $92 cash in return. Police say the store realized later at a bank drop that the $100 bill was fake.

Brini, a Florida native, has not played this season and was likely to take a redshirt.

Linebacker Natrez Patrick and reserve receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on Dec. 3, hours after Georgia defeated Auburn in the SEC championship game. Stanley also faces charges of DUI and speeding.