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Blog: Harvey-Clemons’ role on defense set for this week, but future less certain

Georgia coach Mark Richt isn’t sure where Josh Harvey-Clemons will end up playing on defense in 2013.

The freshman nickel back/safety is playing outside linebacker this week as Georgia gears up for Georgia Southern’s triple-option offense.

“It has 100 percent to do with what we’re trying to defend,” Richt said.

After Georgia Tech and its option, Harvey-Clemons presumably will be back to the secondary for the SEC championship and the bowl game.

Where does he see himself playing this spring?

“Safety, more than likely,” Harvey-Clemons said.

The 6-foot-5 Lowndes High product now weighs 215 pounds and he doesn’t see himself at linebacker unless he puts on a lot of weight in the offseason. He’s added about eight pounds since arriving this summer.

“I’m really looking forward to playing safety, really,” Harvey-Clemons said. “I’ve been learning it so it would be a lot harder on me to try and learn a new position over, to just start over from scratch again.”

Harvey-Clemons has nine tackles and a pass break-up this season in limited action, but Georgia is losing starting senior safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams after this season.

“It would be hard to say exactly where he will end up right now,” Richt said. “He could end up at linebacker or safety. I don’t know where he’s going to end up.”

As for outside linebacker this week, Harvey-Clemons said he’s taking to it well.

“It’s not really too hard,” Harvey-Clemons said. “It’s just little simple stuff. …You don’t have to think hard. You just play.”

He’s hoping he gets the chance.

“I’m excited to play,” Harvey-Clemons said. “I want to be out there.”

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