Former 5-star recruit and starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the Georgia football program on Tuesday for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Per Gentry Estes of 247Sports:
Breaking: #UGA announces that Josh Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) February 18, 2014
According to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Harvey-Clemons missed the Bulldogs' 24-19 Gator Bowl loss against Nebraska after violating the team's marijuana-use policy for a second time. He was already slated to miss the first three games of 2014 as a continuation of that suspension.
Harvey-Clemons was previously suspended for marijuana use prior to his sophomore season in 2013, forcing him to miss the Week 1 loss at Clemson. In only 11 games, he led all Georgia defensive backs with 65 tackles and was third on the team overall.
According to Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated, the university's official release did not state a reason for Harvey-Clemons' dismissal.
As for where Georgia goes from here, B/R's Barrett Sallee took a long look in January at how the team would survive without Harvey-Clemons for the first three games of next season. He writes:
Corey Moore will likely take on more of a role at strong safety for the Bulldogs once toe meets leather.
He has the size to help out against the run and is solid in coverage. The biggest issue he, or any potential replacement for Harvey-Clemons, needs to do is adjust to new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's system and make sure the entire secondary is on the same page.
Though written under the pretense of a suspension, we can now extrapolate that prediction over the full year. Moore has the size at 6'2'' to do some of the things Harvey-Clemons could in the box and against the run, but he will have to make improvements against the pass and adapt well to Pruitt's system in order to nullify the impact of Harvey-Clemons' loss.
As for Harvey-Clemons himself, it remains to be seen where his career will go from here. Once ranked the No. 20 overall player on the 247Sports composite, he has for the most part been great when he is able to stay on the field.
Having said that, his Georgia career might also be best remembered for misplaying the ball on 4th-and-18 against Auburn and allowing the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare" last season:
The popular joke on Twitter right now is that Harvey-Clemons will soon be the quarterback at Auburn—just like current Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall, who was dismissed from Georgia (as a defensive back) after getting caught stealing from a teammate in February 2012.
Does Harvey-Clemons have a similar redemption story up his sleeve?
For the sake of his career and his health, one can only hope so.
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