ATHENS - Barring a change of heart, it looks like Georgia is not going to say anything about the status of Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo for at least one more week.
Head coach Mark Richt refused to say on Sunday that the two defensive starters will be back this week.
"Yeah, we'll figure it out in pregame warmup, I guess. Just like last week," Richt said.
That appeared to be saying that once again the only indication whether they would play would be whether Rambo and Ogletree were dressed.
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However, the evidence would indicate that the pair will be back this week:
- It has been widely reported, though never confirmed, that Rambo and Ogletree ran afoul of the school's student-athlete drug policy. The punishment for a second violation is a four-game violation, and Georgia has now played four games.
- Cornerback Malcolm Mitchell said last week that "after this game we get some guys back."
- Fullback Zander Ogletree, who also has not played and by all signs is suspended, tweeted last week: "All I got to say when next Monday come Me, @B_easy_uga9 and @brambo18 are on a mission! #realtalk." The latter two are the Twitter handles for his brother Alec and Rambo.
A few other notes from Richt's Sunday teleconference:
- Richt didn't have a firm injury update on defensive end Abry Jones, who hurt his ankle in the game. But Richt reiterated that he doesn't think it's serious.
- Freshman tailback Todd Gurley is the SEC’s leading rusher, and ranks 11th nationally in all-purpose runners, thanks to his kick returns.
"We got a pretty good taste of what he was gonna look like (in the preseason)," Richt said. "I'll just say we were all really looking forward to look like in some real games. Because we were hopeful that he would do just what he was doing in the scrimmages. And that’s what he’s been doing. And maybe just a tad bit more.”
- Safety Shawn Williams appears good to go after being slowed a bit against Vanderbilt. Richt said Williams had a spasm in his groin, but was able to play through it.
- Tennessee junior receiver Cordarelle Patterson was a key recruiting target for Georgia earlier this year. Patterson chose the Vols on signing day, and is now the team's second-leading receiver, with 19 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
“We knew he was a special player," Richt said. "We wanted him big time, and he just looked a big-time difference maker, big playmaker. The fact he’s a couple years out of high school, even more a threat to come in and make some things happen immediately.”