Harvey-Clemons' suspension carries for three more games

semerson@macon.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons against South Carolina.


ATHENS - Josh Harvey-Clemons is suspended for Georgia's season opener again. And it doesn't stop there this time.

Harvey-Clemons will miss the first three games of the 2014 season as part of a four-game suspension for a violation of the UGA student-athlete drug policy, according to a source, confirming a story first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

The first game of the suspension was the Gator Bowl, when Harvey-Clemons was out for what the team called a "violation of team regulations.'

When head coach Mark Richt was asked on Dec. 26 if Harvey-Clemons would be available for the start of next season, he declined comment, saying he only wanted to comment on "the players who are here."

Sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson was also suspended for the Gator Bowl, for the same official explanation of a violation of team regulations.

Harvey-Clemons was suspended for last year's season opener at Clemson because of a first violation of the student-athlete drug policy.

The safety from Valdosta was Georgia's third-leading tackler this year, and had one interception. He was the team's first-team strong safety in the base defense, but played just as often at the star position, a hybrid of safety and outside linebacker.

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is expected to evaluate the personnel and could choose to use Harvey-Clemons differently. But he apparently will not have the former five-star recruit available the first quarter of the regular season.

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