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Seminole County’s Rambo named to Preseason All-SEC Team --- despute unsettled status; Atlanta wants to one of the hosts for college football playoff

Bacarri Rambo, a former Seminole County star who now plays for Georgia, was a 2011 AP All-American after registering the second-most interceptions in the country (eight) and tallying 55 tackles. He returned those picks 157 yards, which ranked fourth nationally and third all-time in school history for a single season.

Bacarri Rambo, a former Seminole County star who now plays for Georgia, was a 2011 AP All-American after registering the second-most interceptions in the country (eight) and tallying 55 tackles. He returned those picks 157 yards, which ranked fourth nationally and third all-time in school history for a single season.

ATHENS — While it’s not known whether former Seminole County star and current UGA All-American safety Bacarri Rambo will begin the season on suspension or in the clear, it’s very evident that the coaches in the Southeastern Conference still consider him one of the best either way.

Rambo, a senior, was one of three Bulldog defenders named to the Blue Ribbon Preseason All-SEC Team on Wednesday, joining junior LB Jarvis Jones and senior DL John Jenkins.

But whether he’ll be on the field when UGA kicks off the season Sept. 1 against Buffalo is still unclear.

In late March, Rambo told his high school coach, Alan Ingram, that he expected to be suspended for the first four games of the season after failing an offseason drug test. Ingram said Rambo told him that he unknowingly ate brownies that were laced with marijuana during spring break. UGA coach Mark Richt, in comments to The Herald during the recent Peach State Pigskin Preview in Macon, said he wasn’t able to discuss Rambo’s status at this time. Georgia athletic officials still haven’t addressed the report publicly.

And Ingram, on Wednesday, said he couldn’t shed much light on where Rambo stands months after the news first broke.

“(Bacarri and I) have talked, and he’s real embarrassed about the whole thing,” Ingram said. “But as of right now, no one’s sure what’s going to happen.”

Rambo, a native of Donalsonville, was a 2011 AP All-American after registering the second-most interceptions in the country (eight) and tallying 55 tackles. He returned those picks 157 yards, which ranked fourth nationally and third all-time in school history for a single season.

Jones, meanwhile, was named the Preseason SEC Defensive Player of the Year. A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American last year after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5).

As a defensive lineman, the 6-foot-3, 351-pound Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., had 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception.


ATLANTA PLANS TO MAKE PITCH TO BE INCLUDED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF IN 2014:

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan says the bowl will bid for Atlanta to host a semifinal or national championship game in college football’s four-team playoff, starting in 2014.

The new College Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in Atlanta in 2014, and the first enshrinement ceremony in Atlanta could be held in 2015. Atlanta is home to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and an annual kickoff game, as well as the SEC Championship game.

Stokan said Wednesday his committee can make “a compelling bid” for a playoff game.

Any city can bid on the championship game. The two semifinal games will rotate among six sites, including the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is trying to join that rotation.