All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and starting linebacker Alec Ogletree will miss at least the Bulldogs' first two games, and as many as four, for a violation of team rules according to multiple sources inside the Bulldogs' program.
This is the second suspension of both Rambo and Ogletree. Rambo sat out last year's season opener with Boise State for breaking team rules. Ogletree was injured in the game against the Broncos, breaking his foot, and didn’t return until the Bulldogs’ game with Florida in late October. He missed the first game of his career - against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2010.
Rambo, a senior, was voted an All-American last season by a slew of outlets including The Associated Press. He started all 13 games in which he appeared, recording 55 tackles, a recovered fumble and eight interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Ogletree, a junior, started in all eight games in which he appeared. He had 52 tackles (7.5 for a loss), three forced fumbles and six quarterback pressures.
The duo’s trouble comes on the heels of two other offseason problems for the Bulldogs’ defense. Starting cornerback Sanders Commings was suspended by coach Mark Richt after being arrested in January on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence/simple battery. Branden Smith, who appeared in line to start opposite Commings at corner, was arrested in March and charged with possession of marijuana.
Richt was not available for comment and is not scheduled to meet with the media until Saturday. Georgia spokesman Claude Felton was not immediately available for comment.
Fletcher Page contributed to this report....
UPDATE The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that Rambo mistakingly ate a pot brownie and failed a school-administered drug test.