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Georgia Suspends Two Defensive Backs for Gator Bowl

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Georgia has announced that sophomore defensive backs Josh Harvey-Clemons and Sheldon Dawson have been suspended from the Gator Bowl for violating team rules. According to SB Nation's Dawg Sports, the violations may be related to academics.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt will be unavailable for comment until Georgia arrives in Jacksonville on Thursday.

Harvey-Clemons was previously suspended for the season opener against Clemson after campus police found marijuana paraphernalia and evidence of drug use in his dorm room. No charges were filed, and Harvey-Clemsons started the remaining eleven games for the Bulldogs.  Despite missing the first game, Harvey-Clemons went on to finish third on the defense in tackles (66) and lead the Bulldogs with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.  The 6'5" 220 pound plays as a hybrid "star" role, much like Eric Hagg's "peso" role as a nickel defensive back. His biggest play of the season was his deflection of that Auburn "Hail Mary" pass to Ricardo Louis.

Dawson was expected to start the season at cornerback, but some minor injuries allowed freshman Brendan Langley to pass him on the depth chart. He did play in all twelve games, and finally got to start the season finale against Georgia Tech.  He finished the season with 13 tackles; his biggest contributions were on kickoff returns, where his 41 yard return of the opening kickoff was the longest of the season for the Bulldogs.