Bacarri Rambo sidelined with knee injury; Jakar Hamilton pleased with his progress

ATHENS Georgia starting safety Bacarri Rambo is expected to miss the remaining two weeks of spring practice after injuring his right knee this week.

Rambo has a sprained MCL, Georgia said Friday.

He started all 13 games last season and was second on the team in tackles with 82.

His injury will mean more practice opportunities this spring for the three players who are competing for the other starting safety position: Jakar Hamilton, Shawn Williams and Marc Deas.  They are battling for the spot vacated when Alec Ogletree moved from safety to inside linebacker at the start of spring practice.

Hamilton and Williams started five and three games, respectively, at safety last season before Ogletree claimed the spot.

“You want everyone to know the plays because you never know if somebody might go down — just like, for example, Rambo went down,” Hamilton said Friday. “That gives opportunity for me and Shawn to come up and get more plays at the safety position. So come game time, if somebody goes down, we don’t have to rely on just one person. We can rely on other players that can come in and have the same effect.”

Hamilton seems pleased with how his spring is going, particularly in comparison to last year at this time, when he had just arrived on campus from junior college.

“Last year I came out here, and I really didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “This year I am into the film more,  studying my playbook even more. So now that I know what I’m doing and know the concept of the defense, I get to play faster. I don’t have to think as much. I get to make plays.

“I had very high expectations for last year, but then again most people don’t know this is only my third year playing safety. I didn’t start playing safety until I got to [Georgia Military College]. . . . It was just a matter of me getting that first year [at UGA] up under me and seeing how things work. I know a lot of people had great expectations of me — I had the nickname ‘Hitman’ — but all of that comes in the role of getting used to playing at the next level. . . .

“I know what I’m doing now,” Hamilton continued. ” Last year at this time, I couldn’t even tell you cover 4 from a blitz. But now I’m on it, everything.”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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64 comments Add your comment

Fat Dog

April 1st, 2011
7:09 pm


April 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

Hang in there, Rambo.


April 1st, 2011
7:18 pm

Hmmm…Other three to get more reps for other starting position. I guess that throws all the talk out the window about everyone having to compete for a position. I’m just saying, I wasn’t overly impressed with Rambo’s play last year. Don’t think I am the only one who feels this way either. My question Why is anyone going into this spring with a position guaranteed, especially a player who seems hesitant to get in there and mix it up? As always, Go DAWGS!!


April 1st, 2011
7:19 pm

can we ever catch a break ? he was being counted on ……what ever happened to all the talk about smith?


April 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

Who needs Rambo, he can’t tackle, block didn’t y’all see his play last year, he needs to be on the bench if he can’t do better than last year.


April 1st, 2011
7:42 pm

Rambo’s the best defender on the team, would hurt to lose him.

Had 14 tackles against Florida, 15 against South Caorlina, one of the few guys who played big, in BIG games.


April 1st, 2011
7:46 pm

Ever since the big hit against Auburn, yeah the one that saved the game and knocked him out, he has looked timid and scared. Looked completely out of place last year.

Musical Chairs

April 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Let the injury bug excuses begin!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 1st, 2011
7:59 pm

some of you guys seem to forget the play he made against auburn in 09- saved the game for us. sucks to hear he’s hurt, however, extra reps for the other guys never hurt.


April 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

O remember very well the hit against Auburn. Granted, it was an outstanding hit. Came out of my chair when it happened. I am saying, however, that no hit has even been remotely close to that since. He seems to be real hesitant to stick it like that again, not to mention his total blown coverage against Louisiana-LaFayette, or some small Louisian team right before half time this past year. I’m not so down on Rambo as I’m for no guaranteed position in the spring.


April 1st, 2011
8:04 pm

Sorry, should be I remember…


April 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

Well it is just his turn for the “trash mouthers” to trash mouth someone. Who knows who is next?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 1st, 2011
8:21 pm

i agree the hit he laid upon the auburn player may have screwed him up mentally…however, the kid has experience in SEC games…something you can’t replace right away. the “hitman” and others did really nothing in the secondary last year. WE NEED PLAYMAKERS BACK THERE!!!!


April 1st, 2011
8:23 pm

No doubt about it, our secondary was awful weak!…Has been for several years now. Again, all the more reason I want people competing for all positions versus just one or two positions.


April 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

wait until the freshmen get in..


April 1st, 2011
8:35 pm

i’d like to see a player that could hit like greg blue. that boy could lay it down.


April 1st, 2011
8:37 pm

Ouch! is right! I’ve watched Georgia football all my life and no one, in my recollection, has ever hit like Greg Blue.

patrick Sulley

April 1st, 2011
8:41 pm

Ogletree back to safety

John Galt

April 1st, 2011
8:53 pm

I, too, think he was affected mentally by the big hit that knocked him out; he was heading to fill the Bill Krug, Thomas Davis, Greg Blue legacy of monster strikers from the strong safety position before that play.

Being optimistic, since we saw him do it before the hit, maybe he can eventually return to form.

Batter up!

April 1st, 2011
8:57 pm

Who cares? Time to play baseball.


April 1st, 2011
9:01 pm

You idiots do realize that he is just out for the spring. Should be fine come fall. Just means more reps for the backups.

Vinings Dawg

April 1st, 2011
9:23 pm

Rambo seems like a 74 CAMARO… More show than go. Was scared when he got banged up against Auburn in 2010 but nothing but talk since then. When life starts out with parents that name you a couple of consonants away from a cheap Rum, life is tough. You better graduate before you jump on that NFL career.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 1st, 2011
9:24 pm

If Hamilton is next in line our secondary is in HUGE trouble. He carries the most ironic nickname in the history of sports. Williams and/or Deas needs to step up big time.


April 1st, 2011
9:32 pm

You know something is wrong when your second leading tackler is a safety.


April 1st, 2011
9:47 pm

I think any ome may be hesitent if you get hurt and carted off the field. He is the best safety we got I wonder if sanders would be a good safety he is a big corner. Any way Thomas Davis was much better than blue he put massive hits on players on routine tackles and did not just try to lay the wood on every play and get burned.


April 1st, 2011
9:59 pm

If I were a running back or receiver i would have feared Thomas Davis even more than Greg Belue. I still remember the “HIT” he put on that poor Clemson payer in the opener a few years back! Luv Those Hitters in the secondary!


April 1st, 2011
10:07 pm

Scott gets a CHEERS from me! Rambo is a stud and it would hurt to lose this guy. It does give more reps to the other guys who are capable but need more experience.

Why Not?

April 1st, 2011
10:12 pm

Did he injure it on a hit out of bounds, or was it on a personal foul after the play was over? His history of bonehead mistakes has cost us more first downs and continued drives for our opponents offense than any other player in the league.


April 1st, 2011
10:13 pm

you people are a joke rambo laid his body and career on the line vs auburn then he comes back and is in the top 3 in tackles on the team the next year while learning a new system just like everybody else. no wonder guys hardly ever think twice about coming back when they have a chance to go pro. you always want to compare the football team to fla and alabama why dont your take notes from their fans and get behind the players through good and bad times! dawg nation my a@@

GT is a 4th rate high school team

April 1st, 2011
10:15 pm

Next Jermaine Phillips

April 1st, 2011
10:54 pm

Lets hope Rambo comes back strong and secondary plays fast and confident in 3-4.

Would love to see next big hitter step up… gotta like Blue & Davis, but no mention of my boy Jermaine Phillips? I have not missed a Dawgs game in 30 years and he’s still #1 on my list of big hitters… among DBs that is. Davis is bigger and right there with Phillips, then Blue…Also Paul Oliver… Minter was tough as nails, add to this list if you’re a big hitter fan…

Crowell’s buddy looks like the real deal – lets hope.


April 1st, 2011
10:55 pm

Bacari sure ain’t john rambo

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April 1st, 2011
11:36 pm

We will be fine with the youngsters coming in. Rambo will be back in time for the regular season and with 1 more year in this system the secondary won’t have so much pressure on them. Remember, LY was the 1st year with a new system and we replaced the whole D-line and a couple LB’s. The guys up front will be putting more pressure on QB’s and stopping the run before they get to the secondary! This year will be much better! This is going to be the year of the Dawg!


April 2nd, 2011
12:22 am

Agreed, Greg Blue could lay hat, fo sho…….

unfortunately the rules are changing and those “game changing” hits end up workin’ against us.

I come from the old school where you could hear the loud “CRACK” on the sideline and everybody got hyped from the hit. I played LB, so I feel this one.

When I saw that hit on Dez Bryant get called a Flagrant, that was all she wrote. Nowadays, a good hit in the secondary, could very well lead to a concussion, thus, flagrant, 15 yards.

I’m proud to say, I laid out a good 5 concussions in my time……….


April 2nd, 2011
12:24 am

oh……..Bacarri is a pu*sy


April 2nd, 2011
12:48 am

ole techie tucker loves to write about injuries to UGA players


April 2nd, 2011
1:24 am

Me?……..Hell, I’m pulling for my man Rambo. Yea, yer right, he may not have had the best season last year, but he’s a kid, and with another Summer camp under his belt…….me thinks Lakatos will have him and the rest of the Dbacks ready for Boise St……..GO DOGS…..and God speed Rambo.


April 2nd, 2011
4:55 am

I am a GT fan. I also like to keep up with what is going on at UGA. Sorry that Rambo got hurt. Sounds like there are mixed opinions about his abilites. I won`t get into that since I really don`t know but its interesting to hear
all the UGA fans comments.


April 2nd, 2011
4:58 am

At least he didn’t get another concussion. He hasn’t played the same since the first one.

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April 2nd, 2011
8:40 am

Down goes Rambo. Down goes Rambo.


April 2nd, 2011
8:49 am

CRAP! Guess it’s time for the youngsters to step it up……GO DAWGS

Virginia DAWG

April 2nd, 2011
9:03 am

Time heals all wounds and with this being the second year after the big hit and concussion Rambo will probably be just fine. Having the 2nd most tackles on the team speaks loudly about his abilities and his attitude. He did have some coverage issues, but I believe most of that was based on the poor play by the overall defense as they learned the new system. This year will be different.


April 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

This is Fckn football let the boys lay hits. They dont have time to hit someone a certain way. Our safeties are gonna b the weakness of the team this year. Our Lbs are gonna be a weakness this year. Our fb position is going to cost us the running game this year. It is always something w MRs teams. He needs to take notes from Saban. MR waits till our fbs graduate and hasn;t recruited a fb in the past few This is getting old.


April 2nd, 2011
9:13 am

WRs are in trouble. we are overloaded at te and that is it. one injury on the OL and Dl and that is the season. How does one think MR does a good job in recruiting when he never plans for the teams needs.

Virginia DAWG

April 2nd, 2011
9:20 am

ugab – I understand that after reading your post McGarity has decided to forfeit the 2011 season….sheeesh man, following college football is supposed to be fun.

Etaoin Shrdlu

April 2nd, 2011
9:22 am

Rambo won’t be missed. He was worthless, just a wasted scholarship.


April 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

What a bunch of idiots. Rambo will be fine this season. Give the kid a break for crying out loud.

Dawg Tired

April 2nd, 2011
10:50 am

This could be a big positive. Someone may just step up and take this position over. Rambo has been pretty poor back there. Seems to play scared ever since the big hit against Auburn two years ago.