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Ex-Lee County star Seay, two others dismissed from UGA football team

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ATHENS — The first winner of The Albany Herald’s People’s Choice Player of the Year award may be popular in Southwest Georgia, but he has fallen out of favor with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Redshirt freshman Sanford Seay, the former Lee County star receiver who became the first Trojan in school history to sign a football scholarship with UGA last season, was kicked off the team Friday morning by coach Mark Richt, according to a statement from the school.

Seay, however, wasn’t alone. Nick Marshall, a former basketball and football superstar at Wilcox County who is a freshman that played mostly on special teams this past season,- also got booted, as was Tucker native and fellow freshman Chris Sanders.

The school said the dismissal’s were for “a violation of team rules” in its press release, but multiple reports claim that Seay and Marshall were involved in a theft from a teammate’s dorm room. It wasn’t immediately clear if Sanders was also involved.

No charges were filed in the alleged theft case, nor have any arrests been made, UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson told multiple media outlets.

“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” Richt said in statement released by the school. “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.”

Seay, a former Dynamite Dozen selection who earned The Herald’s inaugural People’s Choice Player of the Year as a senior — a fan poll for Southwest Georgia readers to vote on who they thought the Player of the Year should be — made it a clean sweep for Lee County last year in the POY awards. Seay’s teammate, QB Justin Walker, was named the sports staff’s John Reynolds Player of the Year.

Seay, 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, was expected to contend for playing time — and possibly a starting job — next year for the Bulldogs. He went to Georgia on a full scholarship after one of the greatest senior seasons in Lee County history. As a senior, he led his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2005 with 68 catches for 1,105 yards and 15 TDs. He was named to The Herald’s All-Area First Team, All-Metro First Team and the AJC’s Class AAAA First-Team offense.

Lee County head coach Dean Fabrizio called the news of Seay’s dismissal “very disappointing” when reached by The Herald on Friday.

Primarily a special teams player, Marshall played in 13 games this past year for UGA as a freshman, making five tackles. He came to Georgia as one of the prized recruits and was considered part of last year’s “Dream Team” class Richt and the Bulldogs managed to secure. Marshall led Wilcox County to the Class A state championship his senior year, passing for 2,956 yards and 32 TDs.

“Me and Nick’s mother were informed this morning by Georgia that Nick was no longer on the team,” Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford told ESPN.com, but he declined to talk about the reports that Marshall and Seay were kicked off the team after getting caught stealing. “Any other details would need to be released by the university.”

Sanders made three tackles last season in three games played, then injured his shoulder and did not play again last season.

Comments

Albanite 2 years, 2 months ago

When you grow up in an area predominated by thugs and thieves, that's what you learn to be. This is a symptom of a much larger problem.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Non-Courageous, non-Good, non-Mens. Sister Ruby done told you all how to do and now see what happen when you dint do it. Maybe UGA will replace these three with some actual students who might find the cure for cancer.

coachjohnson probably will call it another witch hunt. There go some of your Superstars! Bye bye!

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Cartman 2 years, 2 months ago

What a sad story for Sanford Seay. For the rest of his life, he must live with the fact that he had a shot at an athletic career and blew it over a petty theft. You reap what you sow.

Kudos to Coach Richt. Principles are more important than points on a scoreboard. Our own DCSS could take a lesson on how to handle breaches of honesty and integrity.

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The_Dude 2 years, 2 months ago

Chris Sanders is the biggest loss here. Possibly a starter at nickel or backup CB. The other two, oh well. All three wasted a huge opportunity because of greed. Life lesson. Coach Richt will make sure they get in somewhere else to get an education. It's up to them to get it.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

why is theft so much worse than smoking dope? last time i checked, both actions are illegal. should have gotten rid of all of the potheads last year, too. it's sad to see such opportunities blown. wish I had those opportunities.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Smoking dope is self harm. Stealing is harming someone else. If I see you smoking dope, I will just smile and note that you are an idiot. If I see you stealing my stuff, I will harm you. Big difference.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

Good for GA's coach. It's about time that someone stood up to the thuggery that now exists in sports. Until these young men understand the chance they've been given, we will have more of the same. Send him home and let someone else in who won't take their opportunity for granted.

I'm glad the coach stood up for integrity and honesty rather than bowing at the almighty throne of college football.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Richt needs to follow Tony Dungee's line of thinking...."sign character and athleticism, but character first."

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BigEd 2 years, 2 months ago

From the Athens Banner Herald"

"Seay was a scout team player last season after arriving from Lee County High School. He had already run into team discipline issues during the season.

He was unlikely to be in the rotation at receiver this season."

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Alicia 2 years, 2 months ago

It looks like the city of Albany is not the only place around here that raises thugs.
Go DAWGS!

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KimmieBuck74 2 years, 2 months ago

it is likely that he did not spend all his school years at Lee County, Though I won't deny we have our share of thugs.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Where is coachjohnson when we need him? crickett.........cricket........chirp.............chirp..

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Tootie 2 years, 2 months ago

@ Albanite... that's is a false statement ... plenty of people have been raised in areas such as this and with drugs, alcohol, prostitution...etc... and they grow up to be productive citizens abiding by the law. So please don't stereotype!

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Sally_O 2 years, 2 months ago

But in this case, this guy didn't grow up to be a productive citizen abiding by the law.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Sister Ruby, Sister Ruby....you have to look at the school this kid came from also. Lee County High School? Come on......They probably didn't teach that kid right from wrong either. (Obviously his moma didn't do it.) They were only concerned about his athletic ability, and not his moral standards. They used him and let him go. So, Lee County High School is partly to blame for the downfall of this kid.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

Coach, I gotta agree with you on this one. Seay had NO business being at UGA to begin with. He was neither academically or socially ready to be successful beyond the hs level.

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 2 months ago

You don't know nothing about what Lee County does...Albany's high schools had a lot of head cases, also(I don't even have to say any names). It is up to the person and he screw up a big opportunity. I hope he can rebound from this and get his degree.

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Amazed2 2 years, 2 months ago

Well it is really ashamed this young man totally screwed up this opportunity but unfortunately it did not begin with this stupid incident. I agree he should never have been at UGA. Not because he was not smart enough to succeed but becasue he apparently was not given much of an upbringing in regards to respect for others and doing the right thing in life. I am sure Lee County High was proud to have him in the sports program and I am sure he got a certain amount of help from the Coaches in keeping his grade up if you know what I mean. When I was in hign school I personally witnessed preferential grading for certain star atheletes. Coaches oftern have to teach classes and if you are an athelete then you don't have to do the same level of work to get a A or B. Players and some special cheerleaders were excused from class to take care of sports activities. Like in the spring at least two coaches regualary let baseball players out of class to go work on the field. I had a close friend who was a cheerleader (also very pretty) and she got out of class to run personal errands for the coach. She and I worked together on a class notebood project and mine was basically contained all of what she had plus some extra and she got an A+ and I got a C. I started to confront the coach but did not want to hurt my friends grades. Point is Atheletes get preferential treatment and any teacher who gives a star a bad grade is considered and outcast. Young thug with an opportunity to pull himself out of the thug world is just a little thug again now that UGA booted him. Sad Story!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks objectiveEyes, but its not anything to brag about as being right or wrong. Its a sad situation for all involved. I always thought these athletes at these "elite" schools were mis-treated and used just for their athletic ability and sent away to fend for themselves without anymore support. They use them while pretending like they care about them, and then set them free. This kid obviously was not ready. Lee County High School needs to check themselves.....

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dominiquedamac 2 years, 2 months ago

You can't blame nobody but Seay because he made the decision to not follow the rules. You can do all the teaching if you want but it is up to the child to follow them. Btw, some of Albany's high school former athletes has done the same thing he had done. I will name some if I have to.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Lots of other kids from Lee County do just fine. Maybe his alleged parents should shoulder the blame for not teaching him right from wrong. Wonder if he had a father in his home growing up? Not a series of dope dealers who slept there, but a father?

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