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’t sure if that will give his team a competitive advantage as the Tigers prepare for the Bulldogs’ defense.
“Oh, I don’t know,” Richt said. “I’d 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’t sure about if this guy were playing or that guy is playing. … It could be helpful.”
Rambo’s high school coach said in March that the safety was appealing a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia’s 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’s status.
“Here’s what I think: I don’t know why you would tell anybody because it is not a league rule,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “And unless everybody is going to disclose all their information, why would you talk about your team in that regard? To me, you don’t 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’m cool with that.”
Grantham also does not think injuries should be divulged. “Until everybody plays on the same page, you do as least as you can.”
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.
“You prepare for the scheme; obviously, I don’t know if they are going to be back or not,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. “We can’t worry about that, we have to enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don’t know what else to tell you.”