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Blog: Bulldogs ready for defense at full strength


Georgia’s defense sounds like it will be back to full strength on Saturday against Tennessee.

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt and his staff aren’t saying that’s the case, but players have talked this week about getting safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree back from four-game suspensions.

That jibes with what’s been widely expected since the spring.

“We have our whole defense back,” cornerback Branden Smith said. “We’re ready. This is the first time that we have everybody back. We’ve just got to cherish this opportunity and just come out there ready and just work as a team.”

Cornerback Damian Swan expects defensive roles to return closer to normal.

“We’re going to have some fresh legs, people getting back into the groove,” he said. “That’s always good to finally play a game with possibly the full rotation back.”

Senior Sanders Commings, who could move from safety to cornerback this week with a Rambo return, knows what it’s like to jump into the season after serving a suspension. He missed two games after an offseason arrest.

“With spring ball and fall camp, I felt like I kind of just picked up right where I left off last year,” he said. “Our coaches do a great job of making sure we’re prepared before we go in the game. They make sure we get reps in practice. They make sure we’re focused in on a game plan just as if we were playing those weeks. By them doing that, when we finally get to play, it’s like we’ve been playing the whole time.”

Richt has maintained his stance that Rambo and Ogletree’s availability will be known for all during pregame warmups.

Malcolm Mitchell, who worked all practice Tuesday at receiver, is listed as the starting boundary corner with Commings behind him, but Richt wouldn’t say if that would hold up.

“I don’t want to tell everybody what we’re going to do,” Richt said.

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