Chris Stephens

Bulldogs To Stash Versatile Harvey-Clemons At Safety

Created on Apr. 12, 2013 1:40 PM EST

Georgia fans are going to hear a name this season they better get used to.

Josh Harvey-Clemons is a beast at safety and someone who will make an immediate impact.

However, throughout the offseason, there have been multiple questions about whether he'll play at linebacker or safety. During Georgia's spring game, that question was answered. Not only by Harvey-Clemons, but by head coach Mark Richt.

"Right now his body type is more of a safety-type," Richt said. "He's long, he's lean and he runs well. He can cover people in space. If you want to bring some pressure, you can use some of his pass-rush skills."

While the thought of playing safety may not have excited Harvey-Clemons at first, it seems like Richt and the defensive coaches have a plan in place for him.

"We are hoping for him to learn our nickel position, which is a hybrid between a defensive back and an outside linebacker," Richt said.  "It's kinda perfect for him. I think he's liking the safety right now. I think it makes sense when we're in base. When we spread into three-receiver sets, we want him to learn to play the nickel."

The role, known as Star, is something Harvey-Clemons experienced last year with five quarterback pressures, two sacks and four interceptions.

It's an exciting thought for Harvey-Clemons, who wants to play more as a sophomore.

"I know I wanted to be out there last year, but I really didn't know the plays," he said. "You can't be out there if you don't know the plays. Now that I know the plays, I feel like I can be out there and be comfortable with the guys I'm out there with.

"I've been getting better, learning more and more. I feel like if I keep working, I'll really master the position."

For Georgia fans, that's exciting, especially considering what was lost in the secondary. Gone are Bacarri Rambo, Shawn Williams and Sanders Commings from the secondary.

So, players like Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews are expected to make an impact early on.

If the spring was any indication, Georgia fans won't have to worry about Harvey-Clemons.

Note: All quotes were obtained first-hand, unless otherwise noted.

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