ATHENS - Unless there is a grand bit of subterfuge taking place, it appears the drama is over and Georgia will indeed be without Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree on Saturday at Missouri.
The status of Rambo and Ogletree, suspended for last week's opener, has been the source of much conjecture and speculation. But neither player made the trip to Missouri on Friday afternoon, according to sources, as well as their own Twitter feeds.
"Maybe another week," Ogletree tweeted, as the Bulldogs were getting on the team plane.
"Two down," Rambo tweeted at about the same time.
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Of course, there is risk in assuming too much from tweets. However, senior outside linebacker Cornelius Washington tweeted this as the plane was taking off: "Shoutout to the soldiers we have to leave behind. Y'all will be missed!" Washington then listed the Twitter handles for Ogletree, Rambo and Chase Vasser, the latter of whom is already known to be suspended two games.
(And yes, he did not list Sanders Commings. But UGA reiterated on Friday that the cornerback is suspended the first two games.)
Rambo, a safety, was an All-American last season. Ogletree, an inside linebacker, is one of the team's best playmakers against the run.
UGA spokesman Claude Felton said Friday evening there were no plans to confirm any suspensions.
Head coach Mark Richt said this week that anybody that is suspended will not make the 70-man travel roster. So all this would appear to confirm Ogletree and Rambo are out again.
It was also interesting that Zander Ogletree, who didn't play in the Buffalo game but was not announced as suspended, also did not appear to be on the plane. He tweeted something to Vasser about waiting two more weeks to play.
Why would Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham hold this secret all week, then let players break the silence on Friday? Two things:
1. Richt and Grantham may not have as much control over their player's tweeting habits as you think.
2. It's Friday, by which time the game-plan is usually in place for teams, so Richt and Grantham may decide it's okay the cat is out of the bag now.
In other Twitter news, offensive tackle Watts Dantzler posted earlier in the day that he was staying home. Dantzler sprained his ankle last week. But John Theus, the starter at right tackle who also sprained his ankle, indicated he was making the trip.