UGA’s Rambo named SEC, national defensive player of week

Georgia senior free safety Bacarri Rambo has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Bulldogs’ 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech.


From staff reports

Rambo shared the award with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Rambo has also been named the National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

This marks Rambo’s first SEC weekly selection as well as the fourth honor of its kind for Georgia, which has garnered 11 SEC weekly honors this season.

Rambo, a 6-0, 210-pound native of Donalsonville, tied Georgia’s mark for career interceptions with his 16th against the Yellow Jackets. He now shares the top spot on the career leaderboard with former Georgia All-American safety Jake Scott and is tied for seventh all-time in the SEC. He also added eight tackles, two forced fumbles and a 49-yard fumble recovery return against Georgia Tech.

Rambo’s first forced fumble came on the Georgia 1-yard line as Georgia Tech had driven 83 yards down the field and was attempting to tie the game after the Bulldogs opened the game with a quick scoring drive. Rambo ran 49 yards with the ball to the 50-yard line and set up the Bulldogs’ second touchdown.

On his interception, Rambo returned the ball 27 yards and now stands third in the school record books with 293 interception return yards (the school record is 315, also held by Scott, on 16 interceptions).

The No. 3 Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) take on No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) in the SEC championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in AtlantaCBS will televise the matchup at 4 p.m.

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