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Seminole's Rambo added to Bednarik Watch List

Donalsonville native Bacarri Rambo leads UGA with four picks this year.

Donalsonville native Bacarri Rambo leads UGA with four picks this year.

ATHENS -- When the preseason watch-list selections came out this year for the top defensive backs in the country, Bacarri Rambo's name was not on the list.

But after six games, during which Rambo has picked off four passes -- good for a tie for second in the nation -- it is now.

The former Seminole County star is one of 11 new additions to the Bednarik Award Watch List -- given annually to the nation's top defensive player -- and the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 21 and announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held Dec. 8.

The feats thus far by Rambo, a 6-foot, 218-pound native of Donalsonville, are even more impressive considering he's only played five of the Bulldogs' six games.

He was suspended for violating an undisclosed team rule before UGA's season opener against Boise State -- and the Bulldogs sure could've used him during the 35-21 loss to the Broncos during which quarterback Kellen Moore picked the Georgia secondary apart for three TD passes.

Rambo, who picked off two of his four passes in a win against Ole Miss two weeks ago, also has the fourth-most tackles on the team (24) with four pass break-ups and a sack as well.

Rambo, a junior, has been one of the anchors on a defense that is tied for third in the SEC in scoring defense (19.2 points per game) and third in total defense (260.3), pass defense (174.7) and rush defense (85.7). The Bulldogs have allowed just two touchdowns over the last 16 quarters.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. David Pollack is the only Bulldog to win the Bednarik Award after earning the honor in 2004.

UGA'S FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman running back Isaiah Crowell, a 5-11, 215-pound native of Columbus, was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Tuesday. Crowell is fourth in the league averaging 95.5 yards a game, which makes him the No. 5 freshman on the NCAA list. Named the SEC Freshman of the Week three times already, Crowell added another two rushing touchdowns during the 20-12 win at Tennessee this past Saturday.

Thanks in part to Crowell's contributions, the Bulldog offense is averaging 32.2 points a game while recording 405.8 yards per contest. Crowell is leading the team with four rushing touchdowns and 573 yards on 118 attempts and has also added one receiving score.

The Maxwell Award has been given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Both Georgia's Charley Trippi (1946) and Herschel Walker (1982) won the Maxwell Award.

The Bulldogs next travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt on Saturday at 7 p.m. FOX Sports South will televise the game.