Rambo, Ogletree miss fourth straight game

semerson@macon.comSeptember 22, 2012 

ATHENS -- Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree sat out their fourth straight game Saturday against Vanderbilt. It should be the final game out for the two Georgia defensive starters.

Georgia has not confirmed anything, but Rambo and Ogletree were suspended for the first four games for a second violation of Georgia’s student-athlete policy.

Earlier in the week, Georgia cornerback Malcolm Mitchell called the impending return of Rambo and Ogletree as “a total game-changer.”

“After this game we get some players back,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think any player taken off the defense can be fully replaced. You’ve still got an All-American missing and a potential All-American that’s missing too. So with them being gone, we’ve still got to work hard in some areas.”

Rambo was an All-American last year at safety, while Ogletree is one of the team’s most dynamic defensive stoppers, especially against the run.

Jones goes

The Bulldogs did get one key player back: Jarvis Jones. The star outside linebacker started after missing last week’s game with a strained groin.

During the week, Jones vowed he would play, while coaches didn’t go that far. But Jones did go, and nearly added to his sack total right away. But his first-half tackle of Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers was ruled a tackle for loss, because Rodgers was in the act of running.

In other injury news, starting guard Dallas Lee (sprained ankle) returned to the lineup.

Television dilemma

The game time and television choice for the Georgia-South Carolina showdown Oct. 6 is set to be announced Monday. It will be an interesting choice for CBS, which gets first pick.

No. 5 Georgia and No. 7 South Carolina are both unbeaten and favorites in their games this Saturday.

But on the same day LSU will be visiting Florida.

The Bulldogs-Gamecocks game figures to be the most highly anticipated regular-season game for the Bulldogs since the Alabama game in 2008. That was the last time Georgia was involved in a game that matched two teams ranked in the top 10.

Murray’s hot start

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed his first 12 pass attempts. That ranked No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time list.

Quincy Carter and Eric Zeier still share the record, with 15. Carter did it against LSU in 1998 and Zeier five years earlier against Georgia Tech.

Murray passed for one touchdown in the first half -- a 22-yard strike to Tavarres King -- and also ran for another. It was his third rushing touchdown in the past two games.

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