Josh Harvey-Clemons has worked as a safety in the early portion of practice open to the media, but the plan for the sophomore is the same, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Josh Harvey-Clemons has continued to work at safety and outside linebacker.
“He plays safety and outside backer every day,” he said. “He’s going to play a lot of spots. He’s going to be one of the 11.”
So could freshman safety Tray Matthews, one of 13 early enrollees.
“We’re throwing a lot at him by purpose because I want to see what guys can handle,” Grantham said. “The days of lining up and being static are not there. You’ve got to be able to do things and create negative plays. When you do that, your safety’s got to be involved.”
So, yes, Matthews could be in the heat of the battle from the get-go this season, perhaps even starting.
“I see it,” Grantham said. “Don’t you?”
Grantham said it’s not just a matter of picking the best 11 players, but finding the right combinations to give the Bulldogs the best chance to win, like when he moved Jarvis Jones to the strongside linebacker position last season starting against Florida. That allowed him to insert Jordan Jenkins into the lineup at weakside linebacker.
“If that means a freshman’s playing, a freshman’s playing,” Grantham said. “I have no trouble playing young players.”
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