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February 18, 2014

Kramer: Blame Harvey-Clemons, not UGA policy

Valdosta native dismissed from Georgia

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ATHENS —

Harvey-Clemons found his way into trouble early by virtue of displinary headache Isaiah Crowell, another high-end recruit whose career was cut short when he was arrested on campus for possessing a unregistered firearm with a scratched serial number. Under-reported at the time was that Harvey-Clemons, who hadn’t been enrolled more than a few weeks, was in the back seat of Crowell’s car during the arrest along with two other Georgia players.

Then came a regretful Tweet he sent about a supposed regretful decision he made to play at Georgia just three days before the Dogs annual tilt with Florida, the school Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather wanted him to attend. Harvey-Clemons deleted the post within minutes and apologized. 

It seemed to be smooth-sailing from there.

Harvey-Clemons shined last spring after shifting from his coveted linebacker spot to safety, where he was named Defensive MVP at the conclusion of spring practice. All was well until the marijuana incident just two months later. No arrests were made, but Harvey-Clemons was suspended for the 38-35 season opening loss to No. 8 Clemson in a game that the Bulldogs truly needed him.

Perhaps Harvey-Clemons most infmaous play was the Prayer at Jordan-Hare, in which he and safety Tray Matthews collided and tipped the ball to Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis, who scored a deflating, game-winning touchdown after Georgia erased a 20-point deficit and took a 38-37 lead with 25 seconds remaining.

Harvey-Clemons avoided the media for two weeks following.

In a career defined by mishaps, that’s likely the play Georgia fans will remember him by – fair or not.

Tuesday’s announcement should not be an indictment on Richt. The coach has dealt with countless disciplinary headaches in his 13-year tenure, and consistently made attempts to resurge those players.

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