Georgia's starting strong safety suspended for Clemson game

By on May 28, 2013

Georgia coach Mark Richt hhas suspended starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for the Aug. 31 season opener against Clemson.

After appearing in 14 games as a true freshman, Josh Harvey-Clemons earned the starting job at strong safety this spring.

After appearing in 14 games as a true freshman, Josh Harvey-Clemons earned the starting job at strong safety this spring.

Harvey-Clemons, a rising sophomore, was implicated in an incident involving the use of marijuana in a UGA dorm room on May 15. Teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith, a sophomore tight end, was also involved in the incident.

Richt confirmed Harvey-Clemons’ suspension to when asked about it by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before the SEC Meetings in Destin on Tuesday. He declined further comment.

“Here’s what I’ll say on that: Josh Harvey-Clemons is going to miss the first game of the season. That’s all I’m going to say,” Richt asked.

Flournoy-Smith, who was also arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor charge in February, was advised last week by coach Mark Richt to transfer to a junior college.

When asked if the incident is the reason Flournoy-Smith was transferring, Richt replied: “I’m just going to let y’all figure that (out).”

According to UGA Police incident report obtained by the AJC, police were called to a UGA dorm room after a residence hall assistant detected the odor of marijuana emanating from a room. Police found Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith inside, then searched the room but found no marijuana.

The players were questioned admitted they had “smoked a blunt.”

Harvey-Clemons, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound former 5-star recruit out, became the starting strong safety during spring practice. The Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes County High standout played in all 14 games as a freshman, primarily on special teams.

Flournoy-Smith, also a sophomore, was a tight end who played in eight games but did not record a catch.

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