Georgia's defense taking shape

April, 1, 2013
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One of the most pressing priorities this spring for Georgia defensively was settling on a position for talented sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Was he an outside linebacker or a safety?

Turns out he's a little bit of both.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said following Saturday's scrimmage that Harvey-Clemons was the Bulldogs' starting strong safety in their base defense. But when they go to nickel, the 6-5, 210-pound Harvey-Clemons will move to that "star" role, which is a cross between linebacker and safety.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said prior to the start of spring practice that he felt like Harvey-Clemons was athletic enough to handle that position, but wanted to see how he fared this spring. The reality is that Georgia will be in its nickel package at least half the time and possibly more in 2013.

Grantham also had high hopes for true freshman safety Tray Matthews, and he's been impressive this spring.

Seth Emerson of The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph has put together a projected depth chart defensively for the Bulldogs. One of the major moves this spring was shifting redshirt freshman John Taylor from nose guard to defensive end. The 6-4, 325-pound Taylor moves extremely well for a guy his size.

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