The first game week of the season didn’t bring a change to how Georgia is addressing the expected suspensions of Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree.
“I just think we’ll just have to wait and see,” coach Mark Richt said, smiling when asked Tuesday about what he expected to get out of the two in Saturday’s opener against Buffalo. “Time will tell.”
Georgia released a depth chart with Rambo listed as the starting free safety and Ogletree listed as a starting inside linebacker.
They haven’t been available for interviews since reports surfaced this spring that they were both facing suspensions to start the season.
Rambo’s high school coach said in the spring that Rambo would appeal a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia’s drug testing policy. Their status has been determined, but not announced.
Mike Gilliard, also listed as a starter at inside linebacker, spoke Tuesday like Ogletree indeed is suspended but said he didn’t know how long.
“However long he’s out, those other guys are ready to play,” Gilliard said.
He said Georgia has good backups at the position in Christian Robinson, Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson.
“One of them just has to step up,” Giliard said. “All three of them have been changing in with me. There hasn’t been one set guy who has been playing next to me.”
Georgia announced two-game suspensions for cornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser because they were arrested this offseason. Rambo and Ogletree were not.
“I don’t know if there’s anything etched in stone, but we are handing it a little bit different this year,” Richt said. “I don’t know if I can even say why.”
Georgia’s athletic administration hasn’t confirmed or denied the suspensions, which are being withheld to try to create a competitive advantage.
It at leasts create uncertainty among Georgia’s fan base. Players get questions from friends.
“No one asks me how I’m doing,” Robinson said.
He added: “We’re going to be playing at the high level that everyone expects …Yeah, we have some really good players that may not be there, but we’re going to put guys in a spot to make plays.”