ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo returned to the media spotlight Tuesday after a preseason away from it.
Bacarri Rambo dressed for Saturday's Boise State game but did not play while serving a one-game suspension for a team rules violation.
“Y’all miss me?” Rambo said.
Fresh off a one-game suspension served during Saturday’s defeat to Boise State, Rambo is back for this week’s game against South Carolina.
“I’m hungry. That’s all I can say,” Rambo said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to help my team win, and I know I’ve got it in me.”
Rambo didn’t elaborate on the specific reason for his suspension, but he expressed remorse and pledged to avoid a repeat occurrence.
“I broke a team rule,” he said. “It was a selfish mistake. I would not allow it happen anymore. I learned from that mistake. It was a big thing. It was a big mistake that I made. It didn’t affect me, just myself. It affected the team that allowed me not to play. I’ll try my best not to allow it to happen again. … I’m not saying we could have won, but I know I could have helped the team out as much I could and the results of the game would have probably been different. That was a big mistake, and I learned from it.”
Georgia’s leading returning tackler from 2010, Rambo dressed out Saturday night but did not play, instead standing on the sideline.
As a result of Rambo’s absence, converted cornerback Sanders Commings filled in as the Bulldogs’ starting safety against the Broncos after learning a new position during the preseason. Things appeared back to normal Tuesday, with Commings returning to cornerback for position drills Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Rambo worked as a safety with the first-string defense.
“It was very tough for him, learning safety just like that,” Rambo said of Commings. “Playing safety you have to know most of the communications and all the signals because you’re in the middle of the field, and you’re the commander out there in the secondary. It’s very tough for him to just jump from corner to safety that fast. I know it was tough.”
Rambo called Saturday’s experience “very frustrating” and joked that “I think I started growing gray hair” watching the defeat from the sideline.
“It really hurt,” Rambo said, “but the hardest part about that was telling my mom and my parents. That was very difficult. It really hurt me because they were hurt. And my team was hurt. I know I let a lot of people down. I know I’m not going to allow that to happen again. I’m going to do my best to stay out of trouble and help my team the best way I can.”