Safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree are listed on Georgia‚Äôs depth chart as starters for Saturday‚Äôs game against Tennessee.
For the first time this season, that seems to be accurate.
The two players have been listed each week, but have yet to play while serving suspensions expected to end after four games.
Coach Mark Richt again Tuesday would not confirm that, but receiver Michael Bennett signaled that indeed is the case.
‚ÄúHaving those two guys back is going to be huge,‚Äù Bennett said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre great players and I‚Äôm excited about it.‚Äù
Richt smiled when told where Rambo and Ogletree were placed on the depth chart: ‚ÄúAre they?‚Äù
Asked what it would mean to have them back on the defense, Richt said: ‚ÄúDuring pregame warm-ups we‚Äôll have a really good idea if they are going to play. If they‚Äôre in full gear, there‚Äôs a good chance they‚Äôll play.‚Äù
Rambo‚Äôs high school coach said this spring that the All-American was suspended for four games but was appealing a second violation of Georgia‚Äôs drug-testing policy. The school has not confirmed the suspension or the suspension of Ogletree for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Zander Ogletree, Alec‚Äôs brother and a fullback on the team, also has yet to play this season, but indicated in a tweet last week that he would also return this week.
With the return of Alec Ogletree and Mike Gilliard already at inside linebacker, might that push Amarlo Herrera outside?
‚ÄúI‚Äôm just inside,‚Äù Ogletree said. ‚ÄúI might be outside tomorrow or the next week, but I‚Äôm just inside right now.‚Äù
Defensive back Sanders Commings, who served his own two-game suspension for an offseason arrest, said neither he nor Rambo worked on the scout team during their suspensions.
‚ÄúThose guys are out there practicing so I don‚Äôt think they‚Äôll be rusty at all,‚Äù Herrera said.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said there‚Äôs been a balancing act between practicing suspended players and preparing those that were playing.
‚ÄúI think everyone‚Äôs done a pretty good job with it,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll continue to work guys and develop guys and play the best guys that are available.‚Äù