A mini-stir was created last month when Georgia freshman defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons moved to outside linebacker. That switch was a temporary one, about scheming for the triple-option offenses of Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.
Harvey-Clemons, a top 40 recruit nationally out of Valdosta, could compete for a starting job at safety this spring, but he could also line up at other spots.
Where he will play in 2013 remains a mystery to him.
“I wish I knew,” Harvey-Clemons. “I just want to be on the field.”
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Harvey-Clemons practiced some at inside linebacker during bowl practices.
“I don’t know where he’s going to be,” said Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos, who is losing starting safeties Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo after the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl. “He’s going to be one of those guys that we rep at a lot of different positions because he’s so athletic. He’s big, he’s got some strength, he can run a little bit. He’s going to be one of those dudes that over the winter we’re going to have to evaluate and see what the best scenario for our defense will be regarding what position he plays.”
Georgia coaches like the flexibility Harvey-Clemons gives them. He was among players mentioned as standouts among the younger players on defense during bowl practices.
Harvey-Clemons had said his preference was to play safety, but he’s not firm on that any longer.
“Whether it’s safety, outside, inside, I just want to be out there,” he said.
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