Georgia has kept under wraps if defensive stars Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree will be suspended a second game as expected on Saturday when the Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference play at Missouri.
Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that he isn‚Äôt sure if that will give his team a competitive advantage as the Tigers prepare for the Bulldogs‚Äô defense.
‚ÄúOh, I don‚Äôt know,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd just as soon not give them all of our business. If there is some uncertainty at all then just like any kind of personnel on either side of the ball, if we weren‚Äôt sure about if this guy were playing or that guy is playing. … It could be helpful.‚Äù
Rambo‚Äôs high school coach said in March that the safety was appealing a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia‚Äôs drug policy after he ate brownies with marijuana in them during a spring break trip. Ogletree reportedly also was facing a multi-game suspension, but Georgia has not confirmed either player‚Äôs status.
‚ÄúHere‚Äôs what I think: I don‚Äôt know why you would tell anybody because it is not a league rule,‚Äù defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. ‚ÄúAnd unless everybody is going to disclose all their information, why would you talk about your team in that regard? To me, you don‚Äôt talk about things like that. Where I come from, the NFL, it was a league rule. So everybody talked about it, everybody did the same thing, so I‚Äôm cool with that.‚Äù
Grantham also does not think injuries should be divulged. ‚ÄúUntil everybody plays on the same page, you do as least as you can.‚Äù
Both Rambo and Ogletree again are listed as starters like they were last week when they did not play. Richt acknowledged after the Buffalo win that they were suspended, but has not said if they will play this week.
‚ÄúYou prepare for the scheme; obviously, I don‚Äôt know if they are going to be back or not,‚Äù Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. ‚ÄúWe can‚Äôt worry about that, we have to enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don‚Äôt know what else to tell you.‚Äù