Georgia dismisses S Josh Harvey-Clemons for team rule violation

Josh Harvey-Clemons faced a three-game suspension to begin the 2014 season. (USATSI)
Josh Harvey-Clemons faced a three-game suspension to begin the 2014 season. (USATSI)

The turbulent Bulldog career of Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has come to a close.

Georgia announced Tuesday that Harvey-Clemons -- the team's third-leading tackler as a sophomore in 2013 and a former five-star recruit -- has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. No other details were made available.

Harvey-Clemons already missed the Bulldogs' Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska and faced a three-game suspension entering the 2014 season after reportedly violating the university's marijuana-use policy for a second time. Harvey-Clemons was also suspended for the Bulldogs' season-opening loss against Clemson after telling police that he had smoked marijuana in a dorm room.

Despite those suspensions, Harvey-Clemons started the Bulldogs' other 11 games in 2013 and appeared to begin making good on the potential that made him a 247Sports composite five-star signee. The No. 20 overall player in the class of 2012, Harvey-Clemons finished the past season third on the Bulldogs in tackles with 65, and added 5.5 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, five passes defended, and an interception.

However, many Bulldog fans -- and Auburn fans -- will remember his 2013 season first for his failed attempt to knock away the pass that became the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare."

Harvey-Clemons also made waves on Signing Day 2012 when his letter-of-intent never arrived at the Georgia offices, despite Harvey-Clemons declaring his pledge to the Bulldogs on national TV. Harvey-Clemons' grandfather had not signed the paperwork, which was delivered the following day.

If there's any good news here for Georgia, it's that Harvey-Clemons' departure only increases the number of lost 2013 starters from one to two. Nonetheless, Harvey-Clemons represented the rare prospect that has both experience and loads more potential to tap -- and if he ever does, now he won't tap it in Athens.

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