Friday, August 26, 2011

Rambo Taking Fire?

Rambo and Commings appear to be battling for the FS spot
The rumor mill is humming in Athens as speculation mounts as to the status of junior FS Bacarri Rambo for the opening game against Boise State. Oddly Rambo is not being made available to the media, which would seem to suggest he is either injured or suspended. Rambo has yet to appear on a post practice injury report and secondary coach Scott Lakatos has been quoted as saying that to his knowledge Rambo is not facing a suspension.

So what’s the deal? Something fishy is going on in the Classic City if you ask me. Last season Lakatos was quoted as saying that Bacarri was “his guy”. He was a full time starter, pegged as one the defensive leaders and a key returning player coming into the season.

Suspension or not, it seems as if Rambo has slowly watched his starting position slip from certainty to suspect. Accounts of Sanders Commings running with the ones seem to be mounting. His size (6-2, 217) and athleticism combined with a very good camp have put him in line to see significant playing time and possibly steal Bacarri’s spot.

Ultimately Commings prospects of starting at free safety may be a product of the emergence of Branden Smith at corner. Glowing reviews have been heaped upon Smith this summer by teammates and coaches alike. I believe it was Smith’s development that persuaded coaches to move Sanders back to safety in an effort to get the best four players on the field. Also helping in that decision is the apparent ability of the freshmen corners, Damian Swann and Nick Marshall.

So what is the story with Bacarri? Is he simply losing ground in the competition for the starting free safety position or is something more significant happening in Athens? I’ll leave the speculating to others.

12 comments:

  1. goo won't play the first one. He will play v. SC. Hate to be the guy who says he knows something that others don't, but in this case I am one of them. Enjoy your site.

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  2. Anon 9:46, Appreciate the info. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Yo! Just so y'all know, I think your blog is getting to be the best. Keep it up.

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  4. Thanks Hank. I'm gonna take that as a direct compliment and assume that my recent addition as a contributor has helped sway your opinion.

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  5. To have Rambo on the bench because of better alternatives is perhaps the best thing that could happen to Georgia. He was that bad last year, and bad safeties are very costly.
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  6. Commings may be starting mostly due to his cross skills b/w safety and corner. Maybe that could make for a better matchup against Boise. Having Goo start for USC for a lot of face time with Lattimore seems to be a better fit as well. But I'm not all that quick when it comes down to it, so what do I know?

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  7. "Goo" played the worst game of any safety in UGA history last year against USCe. Maybe that nickname is from his buddies telling him that all that "booing" sound coming from the student section after he misses yet another tackle is actually "Goo". Stallone smiles.

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  8. Even if he never plays another down for UGA his hit against Auburn makes him a DGD forever.

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  9. Rambo hasn't hit anyone since that Auburn tackle, he turned into Kirby Smart since then...arm tackle hero!

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  10. Well this is not good news... we need our best guys in the back end b.c. boise is gonna be throwing 80% of the time... I love Sanders Commings at S because rambo was weak in coverage last year at times IMO but with branden smith questionable i thought we would line sanders at db

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