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Georgia football players facing felony weapons, damage charges

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Julian Rochester and Chad Clay, Photo source: Athens-Clarke County Jail Julian Rochester and Chad Clay, Photo source: Athens-Clarke County Jail
ATHENS, GA (CBS46) -

University of Georgia head football coach says he's "extremely disappointed" after the arrests of two players from the university's football team.

"It really saddens me because it embarrassed all of us," Smart said Tuesday following his team's practice. "It embarrasses the university and it embarrasses them and their families."

Julian Michael Rochester, a freshman from Powder Springs and Chad Jonathan Clay, a freshman from Suwanee, were both booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail early Tuesday morning on felony charges of possession of a weapon in a school zone and second-degree criminal damage.

David Johnston, host of the Ref, a morning show on 960 AM in Athens reported via twitter that the incident involved possession of a BB gun and property damage.

"It's just sad," says Smart. "They were both improving on the football field. And for both of them to make a decision so dumb... it's really disappointing."

Smart said the two "would be punished" once he receives all of the facts surrounding the investigation, but would comment on what that punishment may be, or if the two would be suspended. 

Neither Rochester nor Clay practiced with the Bulldogs Tuesday. Smart said they were held out so they could catch up on academic matters. He said both could be back at practice Thursday. Their status for the G-Day game Saturday at Sanford Stadium is still unclear.

Both players have yet to play for the Bulldogs and were part of new head coach Kirby Smart's first recruiting class at the school after taking over for Mark Richt, who was fired a day after the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech in the final game of the 2015 regular season.

A bond hearing took place at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Both football players bonded out of jail.

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