Georgia football: Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree suspended for start of season (updated)

semerson@macon.comMarch 28, 2012 

ATHENS - Safety Bacarri Rambo is set to be suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season, while inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is also set to be suspended.

Rambo's four-game punishment comes as a result of a second violation of the UGA athletics department's official policy on drug policies, according to two sources. However, Rambo is planning to appeal.

Rambo's high school coach, Alan Ingram, said he had spoken twice to Rambo, who told Ingram that he had eaten something that turned out to be laced with marijuana.

"He's real down about it," Ingram said.

Ogletree's suspension is a result of a violation of athletic department policy. The Dawgpost.com, a Scout.com site, which first reported the story on Wednesday, stated that Ogletree would be suspended two games.

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said he had "no comment at this time" in a text message.

Georgia's first game is at home against Buffalo on Sept. 1. Then it visits Missouri, followed by home games against Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt.

Both Rambo and Ogletree are key starters for the defense, and Rambo was an AP All-American after last season.

Georgia is already without starting cornerback Sanders Commings for the first two games, following a misdemeanor domestic violence arrest. The case has since been settled.

The other starting cornerback, Branden Smith, was arrested earlier this month on a charge of marijuana possession in Alabama. No discipline for Smith has been announced.

This would not be the first suspension for either player: Rambo missed the first game of the 2011 season for a violation of team rules, and Ogletree was out for the 2010 opener after a misdemeanor arrest for stealing a bike helmet.

According to athletic department policy, a player is suspended for 10 percent of their season for a first offense of the drug policy. (And in football, that equals one game). Then a player is suspended 33 percent of the season - or four football games - for a second offense.

 

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