Georgia’s struggling secondary will be without two top players for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against Nebraska.
Starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and cornerback Sheldon Dawson are suspended “due to a violation of team regulations,” according to a statement released by the school on Monday night.
Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore who also plays the star nickel position, missed the season-opener against Clemson for violating the school’s drug policy after an incident involving marijuana in his dorm room.
He started the rest of Georgia’s games this season. Harvey-Clemons is third on the Bulldogs in tackles with 66 and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with one and has five pass breakups.
His three fumble recoveries lead the SEC.
Dawson, also a sophomore, started the regular season finale against Georgia Tech. He has 13 tackles, including one for loss. He’s also worked as Georgia’s top kick returner, but is likely to be replaced now by freshman Reggie Davis.
Georgia still has Tray Matthews, Quincy Mauger, Corey Moore and Connor Norman at safety.
Cornerback Shaq Wiggins missed the Georgia Tech game with a concussion, but was likely to already return to the starting lineup.
Georgia is 10th in the SEC and 68th nationally in pass defense, allowing 232.8 yards per game.