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Richt breaks down Southwest Georgia's Bulldog stars

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Don't expect former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo to be tentative the next time a receiver comes over the middle.

University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt, in town for the Albany Chapter of the Georgia Bulldog Club's meeting Wednesday, talked about Rambo and the other contributions he expects from former Southwest Georgia standouts now shining in Athens.

Rambo, who had to be carted off the field last season after making a game-saving hit against Auburn, will be ready to deliver the hit again when the time comes, Richt said.

"I doubt (he'll hesitate)," the Bulldogs coach said. "Once the lights come on, (he likes) to play."

Rambo, a redshirt sophomore, and former Bainbridge Bearcat Nick Williams, a junior, are the projected starters at safety after spring ball. Sophomore Shawn Williams from Early County is listed third on the depth chart at safety.

"The one thing we like about (Nick Williams) the most is how fast he plays and how much enthusiasm he brings to the game," Richt said. "He'll definitely play a good bit."

Richt said Rambo, who returned an interception for a touchdown against Tennessee last year, has adjusted well to new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense.

"(Rambo) has got really good ball skills," Richt said. "He might have picked (the new 3-4 scheme) up the quickest. He's got a great understanding of what to do."

Richt said Shawn Williams' speed will be a great asset on special teams as he continues to pick up the defensive calls.

Senior outside linebacker Darryl Gamble, also from Bainbridge, will play a

key role in leading the linebacking corps, although he'll share time with redshirt sophomore Cornelius Washington and junior Justin Houston in Grantham's defense. Gamble started last year at inside linebacker but was moved to the outside in the spring to help with depth.

Gamble, Washington and Houston are the only outside linebackers with game experience.

"He knew the Mike (inside linebacker in the 4-3) and Sam (outside linebacker in the 4-3) in the old system," Richt said. "The (outside linebacker position) is more comfortable for him and I think he'll fill in nicely there. Darryl is a senior and has taken on a leadership role."

Senior Vance Cuff, a Colquitt County High alum, will also be counted on at cornerback along with Brandon Boykin and Brandon Smith. Richt was impressed with Cuff's progression during the spring and expects Cuff, who was tabbed a starter on the post-spring depth chart, will see the field plenty this fall.

"I don't know how accurate this is but I thought Cuff was the most improved player in the spring," Richt said. "He's fast -- might be the fastest guy on the team."

Another Bainbridge High Bearcat, offensive lineman Ben Reynolds, also continues to work as a redshirt freshman after walking onto the team recently.

Richt even admitted Wednesday that Reynolds has caught the head coach's eye. Reynolds, who was

the valedictorian in high school a year ago, will provide depth on an already deep and talented O-line

for Georgia. He's listed third on the depth chart at center.

"I love Ben," Richt said. "He's (one of) the smartest guys on the field (along with defensive end Matthew DeGenova). He's tough as nails and can be mean as a snake. It's fun to watch him compete."