October 11, 2012

Harvey-Clemons honored

There obviously weren't many positives to take from last week's 35-7 loss at South Carolina, but at least freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons can hold his head high after being named the special teams captain for next week's game at Kentucky.

"I was pretty shocked," Harvey-Clemons said. "That was something I did not expect."

With good reason.

In Mark Richt's 12 years as the Georgia coach, only one true freshman has earned captain honors to represent the team at the mid-field coin toss, that being linebacker Rennie Curran in 2006.

"Last week we had no special team captain, but after this last game I asked the special team coaches and every single one that coaches a team that he's on mentioned his name," Richt said. "One said he'd nominate Josh, but that he probably wouldn't get it because he's a freshman. I just said if he did the best job, then he deserves to be a captain, I don't care if he's a true freshman or not. When we did the honor roll I made a bigger stink about it than I normally would because he is a freshman, but it was a good thing for Josh and a good thing for us, too."

Harvey-Clemons was honored for his work on kickoff coverage, kickoff return and punt return.

"I was just honored that they chose me," said Harvey-Clemons, who added he takes his time on special team seriously.

"It's really helped me a lot because it's helped me get a little feel for the speed of the game," he continued. "Especially on kickoff, you're going full speed and that's given me a little more experience for when I am able to get on the field. I'll have a better understanding for how fast the game is."

When might that day be?

According to Harvey-Clemons, he continues to work extensively at nickel back in the Bulldog secondary.

"I'm just working as hard as I can," he said. "That's what I've been trying to do this week, just try to get better and be ready for whenever my name is called. (Wednesday) they worked me a little more than they had been so I hope I'm starting to show something."