Josh Harvey-Clemons was caught for possession of marijuana. According to the UGA Police, they were called to Vandiver Hall at 11:33 PM on May 15 in Athens. A worker smelled the odor of marijuana in Room 303, where Harvey-Clemons and former teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith were staying. Police were granted rights to search the apartment but found no marijuana.
However, Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith "exhibited signs of marijuana ingestion" with blood-shot eyes and dilated pupils. They admitted to having "smoked a blunt" which police say is a cigar to smoke marijuana. Police found a plastic bag containing "a barely visible flake of possible marijuana." They could not find any "physical evidence to support prosecution."
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson informed UGA coaches. The UGA Athletic Department's policy of marijuana use states that the guilty party shall receive a suspension of 10% of the season. It would be equal to at least one game suspension. Harvey-Clemons was a 4-star prospect and the #1 OLB in the nation in the class of 2012 according to ESPN.com.
The loss of Harvey-Clemons for at least the first game will hurt Georgia. He is a sure starter at safety and, with the installment of the nickle package at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons will start at the "Star" position which this formation is used against predominately passing teams.
This loss will certainly sting against the high-powered, pass-happy offense of Clemson who they play in Week 1 on August 31. If the Bulldogs were to lose to the Clemson Tigers, it could all but bash Georgia's BCS hopes.
Note: Ty-Flournoy Smith decided to transfer from Georgia last week.