March 5, 2013

JHC adjusting to change

Two days into spring practice and sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons is already playing a new position. Well, sort of.

After spending time exclusively at free safety last fall, Bulldog defensive coaches now have the former Lowndes High standout trying his hand at strong safety, along with having him mix in opportunities at outside linebacker.

So far, Harvey-Clemons has no complaints.

"I like strong safety a lot because I can come down and make a hit on the ball carrier, then still play the curls and flats like an outside linebacker," Harvey-Clemons said Tuesday. "I kind of already had the concepts down with that, so it's not like something I haven't done."

He's been getting his feet wet at OLB as well.

During the recently completed mat drills, Harvey-Clemons said he worked exclusively with the outside linebackers.

Wherever he lines up, he knows it's going to be important to show coaches this spring he's got what it takes to be successful at each position.

"It's very important because in my mind I'm still trying to earn a spot on the field. I feel like this spring I can really show what I have to offer and show that I can play, that I can start," he said. "Whatever position they put me in I'm focusing on that and trying to get on the field for next year."

At 6-foot-5, Harvey-Clemons said he is up to 218 pounds after coming in at 205 when he first arrived at Georgia not a quite a year ago.

He still hopes get up to 230.

"I still hope I can get there, but it's coming along slow," he said. "I'm putting it on but not as fast as I'd like to."

A former five-star performer, Harvey-Clemons played in all 14 games for Georgia in 2012, making 14 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards and broke up one pass.

He knows fans have high expectations. He does, too. But pressure to perform? Not hardly.

"That stuff, I don't pay attention to it. I know a lot of people do and I guess they think I'm supposed to have pressure," he said. "But I don't look at how many stars I have. I just like the game of football, but the sooner I can get out there on the field the better off I'll be."

Not the usual spring break for Murray

When Georgia takes off next week for Spring Break, Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray said he won't be heading off to some tropical destination for a few days of fun and sun.

No, Murray said he'll spend next week in Norman, Okla., working with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield.

"I worked with him last year at the Elite11," Murray said. "He's based out of San Diego, but he's Landry Jones' (former Oklahoma quarterback) and I'm going there to train with him, too. It should be a lot of fun."

Murray won't be the only one. He'll be joined by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who will work with Whitfield in the morning and afternoon around his session with Jones.

The Bulldog senior laughed that while he'll miss hanging out with his friends, getting in some extra work was more important.

"I've had my share of fun spring breaks," Murray said. "I've got to make sure I'm ready for the season."

Bulldogs work through the rain

Georgia worked out for two hours Tuesday, despite a steady rain that cropped up late in the afternoon.
The session was the second of the spring for the Bulldogs, who will log a total of 15. That figure includes the G-Day game at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, April 6. The G-Day Game will be televised by CSS with a kickoff time of 1 p.m.

"After reviewing the film of Saturday's practice, we realized we were not running as hard to the ball as we thought we should, so we got that straightened out today," Richt said. "It's hard to make too many assessments when you're in shorts and you're installing. We're looking forward to Thursday when we can put on the pads and play a little football."

Georgia will put on the full pads for the first time when the team practices again on Thursday.

Georgia-Clemson kickoff set

The season-opener Aug. 31 at Clemson has been set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC, the network announced Tuesday.

This will mark Georgia's 73rd appearance all time on ABC. The Bulldogs own a record of 44-26-2 while playing on ABC.

This and that

Georgia returns to the practice field on Thursday before taking the next week off for spring break. … During early drills while the media was allowed to watch, Georgia's first-team offensive line consisted of Mark Beard at left tackle, Dallas Lee at left guard, David Andrews at center, Austin Long at right guard and Kenarious Gates at right tackle. Starters Chris Burnette and John Theus are expected to miss the spring while recovering from their respective off-season surgeries. … Linebacker Jordan Jenkins said he's set a goal of 10 sacks for the upcoming campaign. … Running backs Keith Marshall (hamstring) and Brandon Harton (shoulder) continue to sit out.