The talented defense of the Georgia Bulldogs will get even better, as Bacarri Rambo and Alex Ogletree are set to return from suspension this week.
Gentry Estes of 247Sports reported the news via Twitter:
Bacarri Rambo in uniform as well. Suspensions, as expected, appear to have ended for he and Alec Ogletree. Both are able to play vs. UT.— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) September 29, 2012
The student-athletes were suspended for four games to begin the year after a drug test turned out to be positive. The fact that these men were spotted warming up implies that the suspensions are over.
Each of these players should make an impact right away. Ogletree is a solid linebacker who came on strong towards the end of last season, but Rambo is the big addition for this unit. The safety was named first team All-America last year after totaling eight interceptions.
This return comes at the right time for this team. The Bulldogs host Tennessee on Saturday in what should be the toughest test of this young season. In this game, they will have to defend the No. 8 passing attack in the nation—a defense averaging 341.3 passing yards per game.
Georgia was able to make it through the first four games of the year with an undefeated record without two of its key players, but that might not have continued for much longer. The defense has been far from elite, allowing at least 20 points in each of its first three games.
Even though the team seemed to get back on track in its 48-3 rout over Vanderbilt, it's unknown how the short-handed unit will handle the tougher competition.
The Bulldogs currently stand as the No. 5 team in the Coaches' poll. With the way the team is capable of playing when at full strength, it won't be surprising to see them continue to move up throughout the year.
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