ATHENS, Ga. — 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. He had three tackles against Florida Atlantic and two against Missouri and Georgia Southern.
Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed last week that Flournoy-Smith would transfer. When reached by The Athens Banner-Herald last Wednesday night, Flournoy-Smith did not offer a reason for his decision. The incident has been forwarded to UGA’s Office of Student Conduct.