Fox dismisses Morris after felony drug charge

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Junior forward Brandon Morris was dismissed from the UGA men’s basketball team by head coach Mark Fox, it was announced Monday. Morris was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County police early Sunday morning and charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to the Athens-Clarke County beat report, there were 18 grams of “high-grade marijuana” along with a digital scale in Morris’ possession.

“This program has a strong expectation of citizenship and every one of our players understands this,” Fox said. “This expectation does not mean that mistakes will not happen. When they do I always deal with them appropriately. Brandon had a very clear understanding of our expectation. Unfortunately, I’ve had to dismiss him from our team.”

The Lithonia native averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games played last year as a sophomore.


Another year means another load of Dawgs being named to preseason award watch lists. Yet the most surprising announcement in watch list season would be seeing Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason included among 39 players up for the Davey O’Brien award for the nation’s top QB, which was announced on Wednesday. The redshirt senior is set to begin his first full year as the Bulldogs’ starter after stepping in for the last three games of the 2013 season, following Aaron Murray’s knee injury.

Meanwhile, linebackers Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins and Ramik Wilson were all named to the Butkus Award watch list for the nation’s top linebacker. The foursome was also named to the Bronko Nagurski Award list for the nation’s top defensive player. Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan was also included in the watch list parade. He is one of 30 candidates up for the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s top kicker.


Georgia men’s basketball alum Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is looking to put his rookie year with the Detroit Pistons behind him, and with the stats he has put up in the Orlando Summer League, there is reason to be hope-ful. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft averaged 24.0 points per game, tops in the Orlando-based league, to go along with 7.4 rebounds per game. In his last year with the Bulldogs, Caldwell-Pope was named the 2013 SEC Player of the Year along with being named a member of the All-SEC first team.

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