UGA safety Harvey-Clemons to miss opener for violation of team rules

The Bulldogs will again be dealing with a shorthanded defense in the season opener against Clemson.

Georgia starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, a rising sophomore, will miss the Bulldogs’ 2013 debut at Clemson for a violation of team rules, a Georgia spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

UGA Police were called to the dorm shared by Harvey-Clemons and tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith on May 14 to investigate the smell of marijuana. Both athletes told police they had smoked marijuana and a digital scale was found in the dorm, according to a UGA Police incident report. However, no marijuana was found, no arrests were made and no charges were filed.

Georgia’s athletic department policy calls for a suspension for 10 percent of an athlete’s season for a first-time substance abuse violation. In the case of a football player, that amounts to one game.

Harvey-Clemons (6-foot-5, 212 pounds) played in four games last season and had 14 tackles.

Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed last week that Flournoy-Smith would transfer. When reached by the Banner-Herald Wednesday night, Flournoy-Smith did not offer a reason for his decision.

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