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No Longer a Trojan, Can He Help Take This Defense To The Next Level?
These three players intrigue me the most. They could mean the difference in a mediocre season and an SEC Championship. Jarvis Jones is the linebacker who transferred from USC prior to last season. He had a serious injury and became a victim of new USC coach, Lane Kiffin's, cut program.
He cleared his medical exam, however, and was allowed to transfer to UGA. He did have to sit out one year, but during that time, he received constant praise for his work in practice. We got our first view of him in the spring game, and he looked every bit as good as he was advertised. He currently is slated to start at linebacker.
Richard Samuel also red-shirted last season. Samuel was the starting running back for most of the 2009 season. However, they decided he would be more productive at LB and moved him to the other side of the ball. He looked good during the spring and could add much needed depth at LB.
Lastly, Bacarri Rambo. I am not sure if, in all my life, I have seen a player go from unanimous praise to being a victim of such harsh criticism. Rambo first burst onto the scene as a freshman when he made the infamous game-saving hit against Auburn. The hit, however, would lead to him being carried off of the field on a stretcher.
His first game back, against Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl, with the game tied at 7-7, Rambo blocked a punt that led to a go-ahead touchdown from Caleb King and an eventual blowout.
Then signing day came, and he stood up for all of the Dawg nation on facebook when he blasted Da'rick Rogers for backing out from his almost year-long commitment to the Dawgs in favor of Tennessee.
Fast forward to 2010 and he became, perhaps, the most criticized member of the Georgia team. There were several plays that he missed an assignment or a tackle on that led to big plays. However, he still ended up with 76 tackles on the season.
In my opinion, early on, he was hesitant because of the injury he had suffered toward the end of the 2009 season. He seemed to pick up steam toward the end of the 2010 season. In fact, in his last four games of the season, he had 28 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown.
Despite a good stat line, UGA needs him to step up his play another notch. By moving Ogletree to ILB, he is now the only saftey with significant playing time.