For the first time this season, that seems to be accurate.
The two players have been listed each week, but have yet to play while serving suspensions expected to end after four games.
Coach Mark Richt again Tuesday would not confirm that, but receiver Michael Bennett signaled that indeed is the case.
“Having those two guys back is going to be huge,” Bennett said. “They’re great players and I’m excited about it.”
Richt smiled when told where Rambo and Ogletree were placed on the depth chart: “Are they?”
Asked what it would mean to have them back on the defense, Richt said: “During pregame warmup we’ll have a really good idea if they are going to play. “If they’re in full gear, there’s a good chance they’ll play.”
Rambo’s high school coach said this spring that the All-American was suspended for four games but was appealing a second violation of Georgia’s drug-testing policy. The school never has confirmed the suspension or the suspension to Olgetree for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Zander Ogletree, Alec’s brother and a fullback on the team, also has yet to play this season, but indicated in a tweet last week that he would also return this week.
With the return of Alec Ogletree and Mike Gilliard already at inside linebacker, might that push Amarlo Herrera outside?
“I’m just inside,” Ogletree said. “I might be outside tomorrow or the next week, but I’m just inside right now.”
Defensive back Sanders Commings, who served his own two-game suspension for an offseason arrest, said neither he nor Rambo worked on the scout team during their suspensions.
“Those guys are out there practicing so I don’t think they’ll be rusty at all,” Herrera said.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said there’s been a balancing act between practicing suspended players and preparing those that were playing.
“I think everyone’s done a pretty good job with it,” he said. “We’ll continue to work guys and develop guys and play the best guys that are available.”
Robinson on play that knocked QB out last season: `This is not the Saints or anything.”
Christian Robinson got on Barbara Dooley’s bad side for inadvertently knocking out her son’s quarterback for more than a month in last year’s Georgia game against Tennessee.
Tyler Bray missed five games with a broken right thumb after he hit his hand on the Georgia linebacker’s helmet on a pass in the fourth quarter of the 20-12 Georgia win in Knoxville.
“I don’t think it was much of my doing,” Robinson said. “He’s just a very confident guy. I didn’t think he was going to throw the ball that he did and his hand kind of just smacked my facemask and I was shocked. …I had some family friends back home that weren’t too happy about that and Ms. Dooley got mad at me. The next day she wouldn’t talk to me.”
Robinson and Dooley, wife of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley and mother of Vols coach Derek Dooley, spent time together last year. Barbara was recovering from a knee replacement and Robinson was working back from a foot injury.
Bray leads the SEC with 12 touchdown passes and is second in passing yards per game at 325.2
Robinson said he thought `Uh-oh’ when Bray cringed after the play.
“I’m not going after anybody,” he said. “This is not the Saints or anything.”
Mitchell `a little rusty’ on offense
Malcolm Mitchell was back practicing only at receiver on Tuesday and is slated to work at cornerback today.
“I thought it went well,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “Obviously a little rusty. Hadn’t worked at receiver hardly any, maybe 15 minutes since we opened camp, but he’s a talented kid and we’re going to give his ability a chance to make some plans in the game.”
Richt expects Mitchell’s offensive snaps to increase Saturday and his defensive snaps to decrease.
“We’re pretty much in synch in the passing game,” Bobo said. “I think he’s going to add to the passing game, but at the same time we’re not just going to throw him out there full time. We’ve still got to be in synch.”
Georgia’s receivers are welcoming Mitchell back to offense.
“That’s just another smooth weapon we’ve got in our arsenal,” receiver Tavarres King said. “It’s scary what we can do out wide.”
Georgia’s receivers have produced four 100-yard receiving games by three different players.
“Malcolm coming, that’s going to add just more firepower to our offense,” receiver Michael Bennett said.
Mitchell has two catches for 43 yards in limited offensive work this season.
JUCO OL no longer UGA commitment
Some recruiting sites still list Georgia Military College’s Trenton Brown on Georgia’s commitment list, but the offensive lineman told Georgia coaches last week he has opened up his recruitment, according to GMC coach Bert Williams
“From what he told me, he felt like he wasn’t shot straight with what their plans for him were,” Williams said. “I can tell (Brown and his father) were kind of upset with things as far as what they anticipated him playing.”
Brown committed expecting to play offensive tackle, but had concerns that Georgia would play him at guard.
The 6-foot-8, 358-pound Brown is now looking at Florida, Texas A&M, Arizona, Ole Miss and Georgia.
This and that
Defensive end Abry Jones (ankle sprain) did not practice Tuesday, but Grantham indicated he still is expected to play Saturday. “He’ll be fine,” Grantham said. “He knows the gameplan of what we’re going to do. I think it was more important for him to get rest and get some treatment and be fresh.”.
Backup offensive lineman Hunter Long (broken foot) worked on the side in a non-contact jersey.
Richt reminded the team on Monday about losing to Tennessee in 2004 after playing what was viewed as “a complete game” against LSU the week before. “I wanted to help them understand that it could happen and we better get our mind right,” he said.