Former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo (18) tried to put the UGA defense on his back in the SEC title game against Alabama with several big plays in the secondary, but the Bulldogs came up short. Rambo, who started the season suspended for reportedly failing a drug test, served his four-game ban and came back more determined than ever to help lead Georgia in his final season.
Bacarri Rambo could’ve just packed it in — closed up shop on his college football career, taken the easy way out by entering the NFL’s Supplemental Draft and said so long to his teammates in Athens.
Instead, the Donalsonville native and former Seminole County football star chose the road less traveled and stuck around during a four-game suspension he was given to start the season for reportedly failing an offseason drug test.
No one’s celebrating Rambo’s off-the-field transgressions here, but rather the senior safety’s ability to turn lemons into lemonade.
In the end, he turned in one heck of a final season for the Bulldogs’ stellar defense and now heads to the NFL — the right way — with his degree in consumer economics firmly in his hand.
In just nine games, Rambo still managed to finish fifth on the team in tackles with 67, force three fumbles and tie for the team lead in interceptions this year with three.
Rambo’s third pick, meanwhile, also etched his name in the Bulldogs’ record books as he tied UGA great Jake Scott with 16 — and he’s not done. Rambo can make the record his own if he gets one more in UGA’s bowl game against Nebraska on Jan. 1 in the final game of what’s been a remarkable career.
And that’s why Bacarri Rambo’s senior season at UGA is The Herald’s No. 7 sports story of 2012.