When Georgia Bulldogs safety Bacarri Rambo returned to the field after being suspended four games because of a failed drug test, he looked a bit rusty. But as he has played in more games, he is recapturing the form that made him an AP All-American last season.
After near misses on interception attempts against the Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks that yielded big gains, he recorded his first interception of the season last Saturday against the Florida Gators. He stayed with quarterback Jeff Driskel as he rolled to the sideline and then stepped in front of the pass and picked it off in the end zone. Bulldogs secondary coach Scott Lakatos said that came from getting back on the field:
"Anybody that misses games is gonna take awhile to recover," Lakatos said. "That's the issue when people get suspended or they get injured for a long time. They don't just come right back in and hit on all cylinders right off the bat. It just doesn't work that way."
Rambo now has his sights set on breaking the school's all-time interceptions record, currently held by Jake Scott, who recorded 16 interceptions by the end of his college career in 1968. Rambo needs only three more interceptions to set the record:
"Jake Scott? I saw one of his plaques and saw he had 16 (interceptions)," Rambo said. "That would be pretty nice if I got three more."
The Bulldogs play the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday at home. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.