Peachtree Ridge’s Chad Clay runs back an interception as his team reacts against North Gwinnett. (TAMI CHAPPELL/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Georgia freshman Clay dismissed after another arrest

ATHENS — Freshman defensive back Chad Clay has been dismissed from the Georgia football team after his second arrest in four months.

Clay was arrested for theft by taking on Wednesday, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail web site, and released on $1,500 bond at 7:17 p.m. on Wednesday.

Head coach Kirby Smart announced Clay’s dismissal a short time later.

“Unfortunately, Chad will no longer be a part of our football program,” Smart said in a statement.  “It is very disappointing, and we wish him the best in his efforts to continue his education.”

Clay and fellow freshman Julian Rochester were arrested in March on felony charges related to shooting a BB gun in their dorm. The case is still pending.

Clay, 19, was rated a three-star prospect coming out of Peachtree Ridge High School. He enrolled early and was competing for playing time in the secondary.