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May 28, 2013

Harvey-Clemons suspended for Clemson game

VALDOSTA — Josh Harvey-Clemons will not be playing in the Georgia Bulldogs’ highly-anticipated season opener at Clemson Aug. 31.

Instead, the former Lowndes Viking will be suspended for the nationally-televised opener, according to UGA football coach Mark Richt.

“Josh Harvey-Clemons is going to miss the first game of the season,” Richt told reporters in Destin, Fla., the site of this year’s SEC meetings. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Richt didn’t comment on the reason, nor did he have to give a reason.

The sophomore safety, who was voted the Bulldogs’ spring practice defensive MVP, will miss the game against the Tigers after violating the UGA student-athlete drug policy.

According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Harvey-Clemons was implicated in an incident involving the use of marijuana on May 15 inside a UGA dorm room, with Colquitt County native Ty Flournoy-Smith, a former member of the UGA football team that will be transferring to Georgia Military College this upcoming season.

Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith granted police consent to enter the dorm room residence after police were contacted by a residence hall assistant who detected the odor of marijuana, according to the

AJC report.

No marijuana was found in the residence and no charges were filed, although Flournoy-Smith and Harvey-Clemons both admitted they had “smoked a blunt,” according to the report.

This wasn’t the first time either player has been in the media for negative reasons.

After arriving at UGA last summer, Harvey-Clemons, who became a father last year, was in a motor vehicle when former Bulldog running back Isaiah Crowell was arrested for possession of a gun. He was later dismissed from the team and Harvey-Clemons was never punished.

Flournoy-Smith was arrested in Athens in February for filing a false police report. It was announced last week that he was advised by Richt to transfer to Georgia Military College.

Harvey-Clemons, the tall 6-foot-5 safety who last played for the Lowndes Vikings in 2011, played in all 14 games at UGA last year as a freshman, recording 4 tackles on the season.

He was expected to be the Bulldogs’ starting safety following a dominating spring that saw him earn defensive MVP honors and move up in the depth chart to earn the starting safety job.

Now with his suspension, the Bulldogs will be without a starting safety for a season opener for the third consecutive year. Former Bulldog Bacarri Rambo was suspended for the season openers in 2011 and 2012.

Georgia and Clemson are scheduled to meet Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. The game will be aired nationally on ABC.

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