published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Coach Mark Richt dismisses Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons from team

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    Georgia Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (25) has been suspended along with a teammate for the Gator Bowl.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who was suspended twice during the 2013 season for violating the school's marijuana policy, was dismissed from the football program Tuesday by coach Mark Richt.

Harvey-Clemons finished third on the team with 66 tackles as a sophomore despite being suspended for the opener at Clemson and for the Gator Bowl against Nebraska. The bowl was the first of a four-game suspension that was to include the first three games of the upcoming season.

Richt was not quoted in the announcement, which stated that the dismissal was for a violation of team rules. Former Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch, however, expressed frustration with the former five-star prospect out of Valdosta.

"Those who decide not to do it the right way do not deserve to don the Red & Black," Lynch posted on Twitter. "It is a privilege, not a right."

Harvey-Clemons had 15 tackles in Georgia's thrilling win over LSU, but the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder will be remembered for slamming into fellow safety Tray Matthews on Auburn's fourth-and-18 desperation play. The collision enabled the ball to ricochet into the hands of Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis for a miraculous 73-yard touchdown that propelled the Tigers to a 43-38 win.

Matthews and Corey Moore are expected to be Georgia's starting safeties for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

A week after the debacle in Auburn, Harvey-Clemons bounced back with six tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in a 59-17 rout of Kentucky. He also had a fourth-quarter interception that helped key Georgia's rally in an eventual 41-34 double-overtime win at Georgia Tech, which wound up being his last game.

"The arrow is up on him as a player," former Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said in late November. "He is going to continue to excel."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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