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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