ATHENS, Ga. -- After two tumultuous seasons, defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons is no longer a part of Georgia's football program.
(Photo by UGA Sports Communications)
Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the team, according to announcement Tuesday from UGA that now confirms rumors that had been swirling of late about the former five-star prospect's status on the Bulldogs' team.
UGA coach Mark Richt's listed reason was "violation of team rules." In Harvey-Clemons' case, that likely included two previous suspensions in the past year, both reportedly for running afoul of a UGA athletics' policy regarding substance abuse. Therefore, Harvey-Clemons was suspended during the 2013 season for the season-opening loss at Clemson and season-ending loss to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.
As a continuation of his second suspension, Harvey-Clemons was expected to miss the first three games of the 2014 season as well, according to news first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Amid growing speculation recently about Harvey-Clemons' status on the team and possible desire to transfer, several sources recently mentioned to his attendance at recent workouts and noted he was believed to be on thin ice.
Nonetheless, Harvey-Clemons grandfather Woodrow Clemons told Dawgs247 only 11 days ago that his grandson wanted to remain a part of UGA's program.
"He's happy," Mr. Clemons said. "He likes Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt. He's looking forward to the season."
Harvey-Clemons finished third on Georgia's team in tackles last season, tallying 66 despite missing games while on suspension. He was the starting strong safety in the Bulldogs' 3-4 base defense and the starting "Star" slot DB in Georgia's nickel defense.
He secured a key interception in the second half of a victory at Georgia Tech, but the most memorable moment of Harvey-Clemons' UGA career will be a cruel one. It was Harvey-Clemons who tipped the desperation fourth-down pass by Auburn that was caught by Ricardo Louis for an improbable 73-yard TD in the final minute of a 43-38 victory by the Tigers.