The first game week of the season didn‚Äôt bring a change to how Georgia is addressing the expected suspensions of Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree.
‚ÄúI just think we‚Äôll just have to wait and see,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said, smiling when asked Tuesday about what he expected to get out of the two in Saturday‚Äôs opener against Buffalo. ‚ÄúTime will tell.‚Äù
Georgia released a depth chart with Rambo listed as the starting free safety and Ogletree listed as a starting inside linebacker.
They haven‚Äôt been available for interviews since reports surfaced this spring that they were both facing suspensions to start the season.
Rambo‚Äôs high school coach said in the spring that Rambo would appeal a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia‚Äôs 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‚Äôt know how long.
‚ÄúHowever long he‚Äôs out, those other guys are ready to play,‚Äù Gilliard said.
He said Georgia has good backups at the position in Christian Robinson, Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson.
‚ÄúOne of them just has to step up,‚Äù Giliard said. ‚ÄúAll three of them have been changing in with me. There hasn‚Äôt been one set guy who has been playing next to me.‚Äù
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.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if there‚Äôs anything etched in stone, but we are handing it a little bit different this year,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if I can even say why.‚Äù
Georgia‚Äôs athletic administration hasn‚Äôt confirmed or denied the suspensions, which are being withheld to try to create a competitive advantage.
It at leasts create uncertainty among Georgia‚Äôs fan base. Players get questions from friends.
‚ÄúNo one asks me how I‚Äôm doing,‚Äù Robinson said.
He added: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to be playing at the high level that everyone expects ‚Ä¶Yeah, we have some really good players that may not be there, but we‚Äôre going to put guys in a spot to make plays.‚Äù