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UGA Football Preseason: Mark Richt Discusses Josh Harvey-Clemons' Move To Safety

When Georgia opened preseason practice on Thursday it did so with its most sought after 2012 recruit working at a new position. Josh Harvey-Clemons was recruited primarily as an outside linebacker but was working at safety on Thursday when practice began. Harvey-Clemons is listed at 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds and probably doesn't have the bulk necessary to play linebacker effectively. Mark Richt talked about the switch on Friday.

"I don't think he's really thick enough at this moment and strong enough to play the outside linebacker position," Richt said. "He could do it athletically, without question, he could play safety without question. I think he could play the nickel I think he could probably play the corner. He's just very athletic, has very good ball skills, has got a lot of quickness and burst.

The move also makes sense from a numbers standpoint where the Bulldogs signed three other outside linebackers in the class with Harvey-Clemons alone. Sheldon Dawson was the only safety in the 2012 class so Harvey-Clemons could end up sticking there at least in the early part of his career in Athens.

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