August 28, 2012

Still waiting on word

Will they play or won't they? How many games will they miss?

Those are two questions Georgia fans have asking ever since word got out that starting safety Baccari Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree allegedly failed a drug test upon returning from spring break.

Officially, University officials aren't saying a word. Internet scuttlebutt has the pair missing anywhere from 1 to 4 games.
Head coach Mark Richt certainly isn't talking, preferring not to give future opponents any heads up on personnel for upcoming games.

But during Tuesday's weekly press conference, the question came up again as Ogletree and Rambo are both listed as members of the first team for Saturday's opener against Buffalo (12:21, SEC-TV).

However, when asked what he expected from the two, Richt didn't bite.

"We'll just have to wait and see. We'll wait and see," Richt said. "Time will tell. I'm glad we can laugh about that."

Still, indications are that the pair will at least miss Saturday's contest and potentially more.

"The only thing I know is however long (Ogletree) is out, those other guys will be ready to play," senior linebacker Mike Gilliard, the Bulldogs' starter at Mike said.

Senior Christian Robinson was listed as the top backup to Moe in Tuesday's pre-game depth chart, although Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson would also be candidates to step in for Ogletree.

"I've just been told to be ready; they really don't tell me anything," Robinson said. "I just show up, look at the playbook, go out to practice and come here (for media interviews)."

Assuming Rambo and Ogletree do miss Saturday's game, they'll join cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser on the sideline. Commings and Vasser will each serve a two-game suspension following their respective arrests earlier this year.

Either Corey Moore or Connor Norman would replace Rambo at free safety.

"We're still going to play at a high level that everybody expects. Last year, we had 11 different lineups," Robinson said. "Yeah, we have some really good players who may not be there but we're going to put guys in those spaces to make plays and I think we can still be as dominant as we need to be. I'm excited to see how these different changes can play out, but we can get it done."