Georgia freshmen Chad Clay, Julian Rochester arrested

Georgia freshman football players Chad Clay and Julian Rochester were arrested early Tuesday morning on felony charges of possessing a weapon in a school zone and second-degree criminal damage to property.

The weapon, a BB gun, was discovered in their dormitory last week by a university housing official.

Clay and Rochester, who enrolled early at Georgia in January, were released from the Athens-Clarke County Jail on $2,000 bond Tuesday.

According to a UGA police incident report, which was released to ESPN through state open-records law, police found several "BB" indentations in the door of their dormitory room, refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, a light fixture in the hallway and the interior doors of an elevator. Police also found holes in the sheetrock of walls in the dorm and the hallway.

The report said police also found a small amount of suspected marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia in their dorm room, but the "baggie did not contain a sufficient amount of marijuana for testing, therefore no charges were filed concerning this item."

The players did not participate in Tuesday's spring practice but could be back Thursday, coach Kirby Smart said.

Smart said the incident "really saddens" him.

"This conduct will not be tolerated, and these guys will be punished at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner," Smart said after the practice. He said information is still being gathered about the incident.

Smart said he did not know whether the players will be allowed to participate in Saturday's G-Day spring game.

"It's just sad because both those kids were improving on the football field, and to make a decision so dumb -- I mean just a dumb decision -- it's disappointing and really embarrasses all of us," Smart said. "It embarrasses the university and embarrasses their families."

The police report indicated Clay and Rochester were shooting at wine and liquor bottles in their dorm room. The damage, not including the repair of the elevator doors, is estimated to be more than $1,000, according to the report.

Kim Stephens, the players' attorney, said his clients were also shooting at Solo cups in their dorm room.

"The biggest thing is the BBs would ding off them and leave indentations in the walls," Stephens said. "[The BB gun] doesn't have enough power to penetrate the sheetrock. It just makes a little indention in it."

Stephens said the players were charged with felony possession of a weapon in a school zone because state law doesn't allow for them to be charged with a misdemeanor.

"There's no misdemeanor in it," Stephens said. "Under the law, a weapon is defined as anything that shoots a projectile. Well, that can include a straw and spitball. Under the law, anytime a student uses a steak knife on campus he's using a weapon. The law is very broad and vague and is unconstitutional."

Rochester, a 6-foot-5, 317-pound defensive tackle from McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, is expected to play a significant role on the Bulldogs' defensive line this coming season. He was ranked the No. 23 prospect nationally in the ESPN 300.

Clay, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound cornerback from Peachtree Ridge High School in Duluth, Georgia, was ranked the No. 247 prospect in the ESPN 300.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.