S Harvey-Clemons gives UGA options on defense

Georgia is incorporating Josh Harvey-Clemons back into its defense this week.

The trick is doing it and still taking advantage of what Leonard Floyd brings athletically.

Harvey-Clemons can play strong safety in the base defense and the star position in the nickel package. He was suspended for the opener for his involvement with an incident involving marijuana.

Floyd, an outside linebacker, played the star last week.

“Josh being back is big for us,” coach Mark Richt said. “We still don’t want to lose the progress that we think Leonard Floyd is making. We want him to continue to get a lot of reps for us.”

Strong safety Corey Moore, who defensive coordinator Todd Grantham calls “a gritty, tough-minded guy,” also is returning from a knee injury.

“It’s going to be pretty interesting on how we’re going to set it up this week,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of the defense.

Cornerback Damian Swann said that Harvey-Clemons can cover better in space than Floyd “to where we won’t be a DB short on the back end. Now we can go out and call our regular stuff and really execute the defense.”

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