The tumultuous run of safety Josh Harvey-Clemons appears to have come to an end with the Georgia Bulldogs. In a two-sentence press release from the school, UGA announced the Harvey-Clemons had been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. They gave no other details about what had transpired but this is far from the first time that the talented defender has gotten into trouble over the last year, though it appears to be his last time as a member of the Georgia football team.
Harvey-Clemons was already serving a four-game suspension that started in the Gator Bowl and would have stretched through the first three games of the 2014 season after reportedly violating the school’s drug-use policy for a second time. The first time cost him a game to open the 2013 season against the Clemson Tigers when he was involved in a dorm incident with former teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith where they were suspected of smoking marijuana. Flournoy-Smith transferred to Georgia Military College for the year and just signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide earlier this month.
Now it seems that Harvey-Clemons will have to follow a similar path in 2014. Georgia will lose a key piece of their defense that finished third on the team in tackles in 2013 as he recorded 66 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, with one interception and three recovered fumbles. Harvey-Clemons started 11 games last season, alternating between his strong safety position and the nickel-back role. He was at one point considered the crown jewel of Georgia’s 2012 recruiting class but will now have to find a new place to finish his college career.
What started as a promising collegiate career for Josh Harvey-Clemons at Georgia will now have to be a story of redemption down the line. Can Harvey-Clemons turn things around and still be an impact football player?