Georgia's Rambo steps up his game this year

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ATHENS, Ga. — In Bacarri Rambo’s first two seasons at Georgia, he performed solidly with a few spectacular moments to spice things up.

But this season Rambo has taken his position as a player and a leader much more seriously and it’s shown up in his production.

Rambo, a junior from Donald­son, Ga., leads the nation in interceptions per game and has picked off at least one pass in three consecutive contests.

“I’ve started to study the game plan a little bit harder than I did last year,” Rambo said. “The way I was playing last year really didn’t help. I needed to change it up and put more work into it. It seems like everybody’s learned their stuff. When they know their stuff and I know mine, everything just seems to click together and I’m just lucky enough to be around a ball when they throw it to me. I have to say it’s all one the defense, not just me but the whole defense. I’m just lucky enough to be around the ball.”

Rambo is tied with Vanderbilt’s Casey Hayward and North Carolina State ‘s David Amerson with four interceptions so far this season. Since Rambo has played in three games while Hayward and Amerson have played in four, Rambo technically leads the nation with a 1.33-per-game average.

“He’s not the same Bacarri from last year and he’s not the same Bacarri from two years ago,” Georgia safety/linebacker Shawn Williams said. “He’s gotten a whole lot better. He’s a lot more confident. He plays with a lot of swag and he’s going out there to make plays.”

Rambo’s climb up the interception chart started with a seat on the bench. Rambo was suspended for the season-opening loss to Boise State (35-21) for violating team rules. Rambo took the punishment seriously and applied the lesson toward harder work off of the field.

“It really changed me as a person,” Rambo said. “I just came back and battled through that. I know in that first game I let a lot of people down. So I had to come back to prove that I was ready and I was on a mission. It just made me a stronger person.”

Since sitting against Boise State, Rambo has picked off passes in three consecutive games – South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and two at Ole Miss. He is tied with former Westside star Sanders Commings with a team-high three pass breakups and has 14 total tackles.

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