ATHENS, Ga. -- Cornerback Nick Marshall, cornerback Chris Sanders and receiver Sanford Seay have been dismissed from Georgia’s football team for violating team rules.
“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a university release. “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made, and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”
Multiple sources said Seay and Marshall were connected to an incident involving the theft of money, but Georgia did not officially confirm that as the reason for their dismissal.
“Me and Nick’s mother were informed this morning by Georgia that Nick was no longer on the team,” Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford said Friday morning. “Any other details would need to be released by the university.”
The trio came to Georgia a year ago as members of the heralded “Dream Team” of recruits, with Marshall contributing as a true freshman last fall, Sanders playing the first three games before suffering a season-ending injury, and Seay redshirting.
The multitalented Marshall played quarterback in high school, but contributed at cornerback and on special teams for the Bulldogs in the 2011 season.
After appearing in 13 games in a reserve role and making five tackles last season, Marshall was expected to compete for more playing time at cornerback this season. Sanders also likely would have figured more heavily into the Bulldogs’ plans in the secondary.
Seay would have joined a big group of contenders at receiver, as everyone will return from last season except departed senior Israel Troupe. Justin Scott-Wesley is coming off a redshirt season and Blake Tibbs will enter the mix after signing with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Marshall was also a star guard in high school basketball and publicly stated his intention to walk on with Georgia's basketball team during the football offseason, although he did not do so.