ATHENS — The Georgia Bulldogs may have lost two more front-line defensive players to suspensions.
The website Dawgpost.com, citing “multiple sources inside the Bulldogs’ football program,” is reporting that All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree have been suspended “two to four games” for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity refused to confirm or deny the report. “No comment at this time,” he said Thursday morning.
If true, that will make four defensive starters who are suspended for early-season games for the Bulldogs. Starting cornerback Sanders Commings already has been suspended for first two games after his conviction for simple battery and disorderly conduct. The other starting corner, senior Branden Smith, is facing a suspension of at least one game for his recent arrest for marijuana possession.
Three other players — including two more defensive backs — were dismissed from the team in January for stealing from a teammate.
It would be the second suspension of Rambo’s career. The 6-foot, 218-pound safety sat out the season opener against Boise State this past year for an unspecified violation of team rules. Rambo was voted an All-American after starting 13 games and leading the SEC with 8 interceptions.
Ogletree, a 6-3, 236-pound junior, also has been suspended before. He missed the season opener of his freshman season following his arrest for misdemeanor theft. Ogletree missed six games this past season after breaking a foot in the first quarter of the first game. He finished with 52 tackles, three forced fumbles and six quarterback pressures and is considered one of the best overall athletes on the team.
Head coach Mark Richt, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and team spokesman Claude Felton have not returned phone calls seeking comment. Felton, responding later to an email, said he did not have any information regarding Wednesday’s report.