Harvey-Clemons, Sheldon Dawson suspended for Gator Bowl

semerson@macon.comDecember 23, 2013 

Strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons against South Carolina.


ATHENS - Georgia has suspended two defensive players, including one key starter, for the Gator Bowl.

Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and cornerback Sheldon Dawson, both sophomores, will miss the Jan. 1 game due to a violation of "team regulations," according to an announcement by UGA on Monday evening.

There was no further information on why the players were suspended. Neither player is listed in the Athens-Clarke County arrest log, which covers the past week. The suspension is not believed to be related to the drug policy, per sources.

It's not the first suspension this year for Harvey-Clemons, who missed the first game due to a violation of UGA's student-athlete drug policy. Harvey-Clemons started the next 11 games, and ranks third on the team with 66 tackles. He also has 5.5 tackles-for-loss.

Harvey-Clemons alternated this season between a traditional strong safety spot and the star position, which is a hybrid of outside linebacker and safety. He was the team's first-team strong safety in the base (3-4) scheme, and in the star position in the nickel (4-2-5) package.

Dawson only started one game this season, but his playing time had gradually increased as the season went on. He was the first-team cornerback entering the preseason before being supplanted by freshmen, first Brendan Langley and then Shaq Wiggins. But as the regular season ended Dawson was often one of the team's three cornerbacks when they were in a nickel package.

Dawson has 13 tackles this season, including one for a loss. He was also on special teams, returning seven kickoffs for an average of 21.9 yards, and one punt for zero yards.

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