Two of Georgia's top defensive players — linebacker Alec Ogletree and All-American safety Bacarri Rambo — are expected to return from suspension this week, although Georgia coach Mark Richt has said he won't comment on their status until game time on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) when the Bulldogs play host to Tennessee.
"While no one is still coming right out and saying as much, we know from outside testimony, school policies, indirect hints and good old-fashioned horse sense" that the duo will return, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Chip Towers wrote Wednesday.
Still, Rambo seems determined to keep fans in suspense. He tweeted on Wednesday "Free Rambo!!!" and "This is the last game then the Return of RAMBO!! So excited."
Some interpreted the latter tweet to say that the Tennessee game would be the final game of suspension and he would be returning a week later. Most thought he was just having fun by riling up fans.
Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said the two players will add to an already potent defense.
"They look pretty good on defense right now," Chaney said. "They've got good players at every spot."
* After opening the season with three big games, Tennessee junior receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught only two passes last week against Akron.
Chaney said he wants Patterson to be more involved in the offense, but that Patterson must continue to make strides in practice.
"He's a special player and he knows that as a wide receiver he has to continue to develop his route-running skills," Chaney said Wednesday. "I have to find ways to get him involved in the ballgame. I have to make sure that I get him the ball. That's been something that I've thought a lot about since the beginning of the season and I have to continue to do that."
* Chaney said he doesn't expect the Vols to have many problems with crowd noise on their first true road trip of the season. Like many college offenses, Tennessee relies on signaling more than verbal communication.
Tennessee hasn't won a road game since Nov. 20, 2010, at Vanderbilt.
"I don't think anybody ever thinks about records or where we win or where we lose," said linebacker Herman Lathers. "A win is a win and a loss is a loss. Wherever you win, you win and wherever you lose, you lose. Our main objective this week is to win no matter where we're playing."