Safeties Harvey-Clemons, Matthews get first-team work

Freshman Tray Matthews and sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons worked with the starting unit at safety in the scrimmage while Corey Moore got on the field in the nickel package, players said.

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Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons got work with the first string during the Bulldogs' scrimmage on Tuesday.

Matthews had four tackles and a pass breakup.

“He made two early tackles I thought that were very outstanding,” coach Mark Richt said. “Runs looked like they maybe might could have broken a little bit longer, but he just really aggressively made some nice open-field tackles.”

Those came against Keith Marshall, who led all rushers with 71 yards on 11 carries.

Matthews plays “downhill every play even if it’s thud,” receiver Chris Conley said. “He’s fearless. He’s got a great sense of where the ball is going to be even if you can’t see it. He’ll be going the right direction even if there’s a misdirection play. His sixth sense and his football IQ is out of the roof as a freshman.”

Freshman J.J. Green had 6 yards on six carries and Todd Gurley only had two rushes for 15 yards.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter of the play that’s called when they’re in there,” Richt said. “Gurley had a good many plays, but just more pass plays.”

Marc Weiszer covers Georgia football for onlineathens.com. Check out his blog and follow him online at twitter.com/marcweiszer for updates.

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