The Georgia Bulldogs have remained mum on the specific rules violated, but the school announced that the football team has suspended safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and cornerback Sheldon Dawson for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl.
Thus far the only word coming from Athens has been that Harvey-Clemons and Dawson violated “unspecified team rules.” Both are key players for the Bulldogs secondary.
It is the second suspension of the season for Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore from Valdosta. He missed the season opener against Clemson for violating university drug policy after he admitted to smoking marijuana in his dorm room last spring, according to the AJC.
Dawson, a sophomore from North Memphis, Tenn., made his first start against Georgia Tech in a come-from-behind win to end the team’s regular season. He notched 13 tackles this season and played in all 12 of the Dawgs regular season games. He had also become the team’s kick return specialists, averaging 21.9 yards per return.
After being suspended to start the season, Harvey-Clemons started Georgia’s other 11 games strong safety and recorded 66 tackles, one interception and five passes defended. He also had two forced fumbles and was tied for the SEC lead with three fumble recoveries.
With Harvey-Clemons out, the Bulldogs have four other players listed on the depth chart at safety: starting free safety Tray Matthews and reserves Corey Moore, Connor Norman and Quincy Mauger.