Still in the Dark

Still in the Dark

ATHENS - Georgia has kept under wraps if defensive stars Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree will be suspended a second game as expected on Saturday when the Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference play at Missouri.

Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that he isn't sure if that will give his team a competitive advantage as the Tigers prepare for the Bulldogs' defense.

"Oh, I don't know," Richt said. "I'd just as soon not give them all of our business. If there is some uncertainty at all then just like any kind of personnel on either side of the ball, if we weren't sure about if this guy were playing or that guy is playing it's just one more thing game day that you have to make certain that your players understand who's in the game. It could be helpful."

Rambo's high school coach said in March that the safety was appealing a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia's drug policy after he ate brownies with marijuana in them during a spring break trip. Ogletree reportedly also was facing a multi-game suspension, but Georgia has not confirmed either player's status.

"Here's what I think: I don't know why you would tell anybody because it is not a league rule," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "And unless everybody is going to disclose all their information why would you talk about your team in that regard. To me, you don't talk about things like that. Where I come from the NFL, it was a league rule. So everybody talked about it, everybody did the same thing so I'm cool with that."

Grantham also does not think injuries should be divulged. "Until everybody plays on the same page, you do as least as you can."

Both Rambo and Ogletree again are listed as starters like they were last week when they did not play. Richt acknowledged after the Buffalo win that they were suspended, but has not said if they will play this week.

"You prepare for the scheme, obviously I don't know if they are going to be back or not," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. "We can't worry about that, we have to enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don't know what else to tell you."

Bulldogs drop slightly in polls

Opening the season with a victory didn't stop Georgia from dropping a spot in the polls.

Just like 2008 when it was No. 1 and fell to No. 2 after opening with a 45-21 win against Georgia Southern.

This time the Florida State leapfrogged the Bulldogs. Georgia, which beat Buffalo 45-23, dropped a spot to No. 7 in both the Associated Press media and USA Today coaches' polls. The Seminoles routed Murray State 69-3.

"I don't really look into the polls that much," center David Andrews said. "I feel like that's more for fans. They'll brag to each other that my team is No. 1. If we take care of our business, everything will work out."

War of words?

Andrews expects to have some battles in the trenches with Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson on Saturday.

Richardson created waves over the weekend when he said Georgia played "old-man football."

"I don't know, we'll see," Andrews said when asked if there would be some choice words tossed around. "I don't even know what it all meant. …What kind of happens on the field kind of stays out there. There's always jawing back in forth."

Georgia players insisted they aren't focused on what's being said coming out of Columbia, Mo.

"Being over 50, I'm getting AARP stuff in the mail," Richt said. "I thought it was a compliment really."

Receiver Michael Bennett, who is 20, said he wasn't sure what he considered an old man.

"I'm not sure what old man means in college," he said. "I guess 22 would be old, I don't know."

Asked if Georgia will play young-man football this week, nose guard John Jenkins smiled.

"We're just going to play Georgia-style football," Jenkins said.

Gurley getting it done all over

Freshman tailback Todd Gurley not only rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown Saturday, but is getting it done off the field.

"I don't think he would mind anyone knowing that he got a couple A's this summer," said Richt, who said Gurley has shown up to everything he's been asked to do.

In other words, the Tarboro, N.C., native is doing the things that were lacking at the position last year when Isaiah Crowell and other had issues.

"He has a good attitude and he doesn't seem to have any type of entitlement issues," Richt said. "But if a guy starts having a lot of success early, it can maybe change him or make him feel too comfortable too. I haven't sat down with him and talked, but we will keep an eye on him."

Ken Malcome, who started the opener, did not practice Tuesday, but Georgia said it wasn't because of his sprained wrist but because he "was not feeling well."

Coaches haven't announced the starter this week.

"Ken's the starter," Gurley said. "He was the starter the last game. He's still going to be the starter this game."

This and that

Cornerback Malcolm Mitchell practiced in a non-contact jersey on Tuesday, but was moving slowly. "He worked and took some reps and we'll see how it goes," Grantham said.

Offensive tackles John Theus and Watts Dantzler, both with sprained ankles, didn't practice. Redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward worked at Theus' starting right tackle spot. "We're trying to find five right now," offensive coordinator Mile Bobo said. "Get five healthy ones out there."

Georgia was forced to finish its Tuesday practice indoors because of a lightning strike in the area.

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