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Report: Georgia DB Josh Harvey-Clemons suspended

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Georgia will reportedly be without Josh Harvey-Clemons for the first three games of next season.

Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons will be suspended for the first three games of the 2014 season due to a violation of the school's drug policy, according to ajc.com.

The publication cited multiple sources saying that Harvey-Clemons' suspension from Georgia's Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska began a four-game suspension mandated by UGA because the Bulldogs' safety had violated UGA's policy on marijuana for the second time.

Harvey-Clemons' first reported violation of the UGA drug policy came about 11 months ago when he admitted to smoking marijuana in his dormitory room when campus police were called to investigate a suspicious smell. He was suspended from Georgia's season-opening loss to Clemson following that incident. According to the AJC, Harvey-Clemons has been subject to more frequent drug screenings since that first incident.

A three-game suspension to open the season would put Harvey-Clemons, who will be a junior, on the sideline for two of UGA's toughest games against Clemson and South Carolina, plus a non-conference contest against Troy. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he was Georgia's third-leading tackler in 2013 with 66 stops, was outstanding against the run, and is considered among the Bulldogs' better young talents. As a pro prospect, he might outgrow the safety position and play linebacker, where his troubles in pass coverage could be better managed.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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