Published Monday, December 23, 2013 AT 10:54 PM / Updated at 10:54 PM
Georgia secondary down two for Gator Bowl
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Georgia’s already shaky secondary and pass defense took another hit Monday.

According to the Macon Telegraph, the Bulldogs suspended starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and backup cornerback Sheldon Dawson, both for a violation of team regulations.

Harvey-Clemons is a sophomore who started the last 11 games after also missing the season-opener at Clemson because of a suspension. He finished the regular season with 66 tackles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Dawson is a sophomore who started the Bulldogs’ regular-season finale at Georgia Tech, and also has been utilized in their nickel package. Freshman corner Shaq Wiggins is expected back in the starting lineup for the Gator Bowl after missing the Georgia Tech game because of a concussion.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said on a teleconference last week that the Bulldogs had been hurt throughout the season by inexperience and big plays allowed in the secondary. Georgia heads into the Gator Bowl ranking No. 68 nationally in pass defense and No. 84 in pass efficiency defense.

The Macon Telegraph also reported that neither player appeared on the Athens-Clarke County arrest log, and that the suspension was not believed to be related to the program’s drug policy.

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