ATHENS, GA — The short and chaotic Georgia career of Josh Harvey-Clemons has ended.
Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the football team on Tuesday for a violation of team rules. The team announced the news in a two-sentence press release by the school, with no other details.
Harvey-Clemons, a five-star recruit two years ago, was a key member of last year's defense and was expected to be again this season - but only when he was on the field.
The Valdosta native was already facing a three-game suspension to start this season, which was a continuation of a suspension that began with the Gator Bowl, for his second violation of UGA's student-athlete drug policy.
Harvey-Clemons started 11 games as a sophomore this past season, alternating between strong safety and the nickel back role. Harvey-Clemons was Georgia's third-leading tackler last season, and also had three fumble recoveries and an interception. He was also involved in one of the most memorable low moments, failing to bat down Auburn's miracle touchdown pass.
Two years ago Harvey-Clemons was the story of Georgia's signing day class, both because he was a highly-recruited player - picking Georgia over Florida, among many others - but also because of the drama surrounding his signing. Harvey-Clemons committed to Georgia on signing day morning, but his grandfather, who is his main guardian, declined to sign the letter-of-intent for 24 hours. In the meantime head coach Mark Richt, unaware of the situation, commented on Harvey-Clemons on television and Georgia had to turn in a secondary violation.
Harvey-Clemons did not play much as a freshman, relegated mostly to special teams. But he was the defensive MVP of Georgia's spring in 2013, raising hopes for his potential this season. Then he was suspended for the opener against Clemson after a dorm incident in which he and then-teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith were suspected of smoking marijuana.
Flournoy-Smith transferred to Georgia Military College, and then signed earlier this month with Alabama.
Harvey-Clemons will now also continue his career elsewhere.