March 28, 2012

Two face suspension?

This was not the news Georgia coach Mark Richt wanted to see.

Already minus Sanders Commings for the first two games and possibly Branden Smith for at least one, UGASports confirmed earlier reports Wednesday that starting safety Bacarri Rambo and starting linebacker Alec Ogletree will be suspended an undetermined amount of games for violating team rules.

Sources say the pair allegedly failed a drug test.

Athletic director Greg McGarity replied with a "no comment" when reached by text Wednesday night.

Rambo and Ogletree would become the fourth and fifth Bulldog players suspended for testing positive for drugs in the past six months.

In October, running backs Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome, along with former Bulldog Carlton Thomas, were each suspended for Georgia's game against New Mexico State.

According to the UGA athlete's handbook, a positive drug test results in a suspension of 1/10 of the season's games.

This marks Rambo's first suspension after he was forced to sit out last year's opener against Boise State for a violation of team rules.

A first-team All-American, Rambo ranked first in the SEC and second in the nation with eight interceptions. Rambo could miss up to four games.

It would also mark the second suspension for Ogletree, who missed the 2010 season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette following a misdemeanor theft charge.

More information to come.