Published Friday, March 30, 2012
From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Newnan High football star Alec Ogletree is reportedly facing his second suspension with Georgia's football program - a penalty that would bar the standout sophomore middle linebacker from two to four games to open the 2012 season this fall - according to reports.
Ogletree and defensive teammate Bacarri Rambo were identified to be facing suspension for a violation of team rules according to reports by Scout.com's DawgPost website as well as ESPN.com .
Rambo's former high school coach at Seminole County High School, Alan Ingram, confirmed that the Bulldog All-American safety failed a drug test.
Ingram was told by Rambo that he failed the test after he inadvertently ate marijuana brownies on a spring break trip to Florida, his high school coach said Thursday. The All-American safety faces a four-game suspension at the start of next season.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt wouldn't discuss the status of Rambo or Ogletree following Thursday's spring practice.
Ogletree's rules violation has yet to be announced. Both players practiced with the Bulldogs' first-team defensive unit on Thursday. Head coach Mark Richt wouldn't confirm or deny any suspensions after the team's regular spring practice on Thursday.
'We have our guidelines and our policies and certain things we have to do when we are taking care of business,' the coach said. 'Do you want to talk about football?'
Ingram confirmed that Rambo told him he had tested positive for drugs after he got back from a trip to Panama City, Fla., with two friends over the recent break. ESPN. com initially reported the failed drug test.
'Two of 'em came back to the room, but the other kid got off with some other folks and came in later,' Ingram told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. 'Bacarri was the first one up the next morning, went to the refrigerator and got a glass of milk, then saw a package on the counter with brownies in it. He ate two of the brownies and almost immediately started feeling funny. He got high off it. Then the other guy came in and told him, 'Hey, those aren't yours. I got them last night.''
Alec and twin brother Zander, a sophomore fullback, also were in Panama City for spring break.
Alec Ogletree served a one-game suspension during to begin his freshman year after being arrested on a misdemeanor theft-by-taking charge. It was in connection with a motor-scooter helmet, valued at $35, outside a campus building that allegedly belonged to a Georgia track athlete.
Reports have stated that Alec's suspension would also be for four games.
Rambo was suspended from the season opener last season against Boise State for what Ingram said was another inadvertent brush with marijuana. The hardhitting safety went on to have a stellar season for the Bulldogs, leading the SEC with eight interceptions and claiming a spot on the AP All-America team.
After considering whether to enter the NFL draft, he decided to return to Georgia for his senior year.
'He's devastated about it,' Ingram said. 'He understood what's at stake. He chose to come back to Georgia next year instead of entering the draft. He understands that he's a role model here. He spoke to me about all the kids in Seminole County and in the state of Georgia who look up to athletes. He's embarrassed about it and just tore up about it.'
This has been a difficult offseason for Georgia, which was riding high after reaching the Southeastern Conference championship game and losing only one rising senior to the NFL draft. Starting cornerback Sanders Commings was suspended for the first two games after he was charged in a domestic dispute. The other starting corner, Branden Smith, is facing at least a one-game suspension for marijuana possession charges.
'I'll just say I am not thrilled when things like that happen,' Richt said.
Ogletree, who is heading into his junior season, broke his foot in the 2011 opener and missed the next six games. He returned to anchor the 3-4 defense, making 52 tackles including three sacks and 7.5 stops behind the line. He also had six hits on the quarterback and forced two fumbles.