Tweet raises questions, but most expect Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree to return Saturday

Tennessee special teams and tight ends coach Charlie Coiner, left, talks with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney as they pose for a group photo with the coaching staff during media day at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee special teams and tight ends coach Charlie Coiner, left, talks with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney as they pose for a group photo with the coaching staff during media day at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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."

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volinlm writes:

Patterson is still a work in progress when it comes to running routes. He needs to step it up.

volnbig11land writes:

I'm pretty sure they will play this weekend....

eb502us#225637 writes:

Our biggest problem is Chaney. Completely clueless how to make adjustments as the game goes along. Probably will take Dooley getting canned to get rid of him.

crzyivan writes:

UGA must be worried if they are going to play. It is obvious they were needed in the last 4 games.

OrangePsyched writes:

Richt saying it's going to be a game time decision is just being dramatic. He know right now that they will start. That's OK..it will be sweeter to beat them at full strength.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

Richt saying it's going to be a game time decision is just being dramatic. He know right now that they will start. That's OK..it will be sweeter to beat them at full strength.

Agreed. Regardless, they won't be up to "game speed" anyway. The Vols can take the Pups. We just cannot afford to give up any big plays and have to win the turn-over battle.

Vols 27 (Brodus hits a 49 yarder as time expires)

Pups 24

arkansasvol1975 writes:

Still remember Dooley saying, " you won't have Tennessee to kick around anymore". We will see if that holds true. Lowly Akron almost kicked us around and Florida owned us so I don't know. I think we will have a good first half, as always, then get bombed in the 2nd half, as always. My prediction, Georgia 32 - UT 21

orange_eVOLution writes:

I hope Georgia is at full strength. No excuses after we earn the win.

Vols 34 Dawgs 31

VolinCalif writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Agreed. Regardless, they won't be up to "game speed" anyway. The Vols can take the Pups. We just cannot afford to give up any big plays and have to win the turn-over battle.

Vols 27 (Brodus hits a 49 yarder as time expires)

Pups 24

BO
I really like that 27-24 score. I really think that both def's will show up at this game and that the game will be a game of breaks. Both can score and will do so. Can't wait for Sat. I really think UT is ready to make some noise. Lets hope I'm right.
Vols 27 Ga 24

RaineyVol writes:

It seems the week any team plays UT their injured or suspended players come back.

OrangeMike writes:

in response to RaineyVol:

It seems the week any team plays UT their injured or suspended players come back.

Florida's didn't.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

Our biggest problem is Chaney. Completely clueless how to make adjustments as the game goes along. Probably will take Dooley getting canned to get rid of him.

I keep thinking we might have been better off if eight coaches had gone after last season. Chaney just has no creativity. Can we get Randy Sanders back?

sameolvolalum writes:

I'd bet on UGA, but not the farm. Even if these two guys come back they very well may be rusty...not up to speed. They just may be feeling pretty full of themselves with all the praise they've been getting and ALL teams have down games. I've gotta' agree that the Vols' offensive adjustments, both at halftime and after analyzing the other team's second half adjustments, aren't coming together, and I think Chaney's the problem here. Sunseri's got the head for SEC defensive changes, but his x's and o's seem to be ahead of the d's picking it all up fast enough. They'll only get better. What if.......Chaney's just being kept around while Peyton finishes out his NFL career (He's almost 38).....Dooley's been identified as a smart and talented coach simply working his way up the learning curve, and recruiting and coaching development is pretty much on the upswing. I'm not giving up on the men of the iron T.

lstbodeanvol writes:

dont worry Mark never keeps his top guys out of this game....GO VOLS

123forVOLS writes:

I would be astonished if they did not play. So, with or without them the game has to be played. The Dogs are probably 10 points better overall than the Vols. But that has not always meant much even for the road team in this series. In many ways, this game Defines Tennessee. To win or even hang close for four quarters is a step forward. To get hammered and give up by the third quarter hurls them back to 2011. I hope to see them put on a show but still have major reservations. We absolutely don't know how the defense will show up. In any event, GO VOLS!

CCLC writes:

in response to 123forVOLS:

I would be astonished if they did not play. So, with or without them the game has to be played. The Dogs are probably 10 points better overall than the Vols. But that has not always meant much even for the road team in this series. In many ways, this game Defines Tennessee. To win or even hang close for four quarters is a step forward. To get hammered and give up by the third quarter hurls them back to 2011. I hope to see them put on a show but still have major reservations. We absolutely don't know how the defense will show up. In any event, GO VOLS!

2011+12 Against The Spread

UGA UT
Overall: 10-7-1 Overall: 5-11
Home: 5-3-1 Road: 0-4
Home Fav: 5-3 Road Dog: 0-3
vs. SEC: 7-3-1 vs. SEC: 1-8
Over/Under: 10-7 Over/Under: 9-6-1

6972 writes:

Rambo is working with monks in a monastery in Thailand or at his dad's ranch in Arizona. Ogletree has been recruited by Colonel Troutman for a mission in Afhganistan.

Send the dawgs to the pound! Go Orange

seaplane#216536 writes:

Maybe we can get the Pikes to sneak into the Georgia Athletic Dorm and give them an alcholic emema before the game.

oldbasshead writes:

I don't expect UT to defeat GA Saturday, but I sure would like to see them compete for 4 quarters and keep it respectable.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

Our biggest problem is Chaney. Completely clueless how to make adjustments as the game goes along. Probably will take Dooley getting canned to get rid of him.

Agree 200%.

Dooley should take over play calling and send Chaney packing at years end.

Really, could it get any worse?

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

Chaney looks like a fat Harry Potter.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

Our biggest problem is Chaney. Completely clueless how to make adjustments as the game goes along. Probably will take Dooley getting canned to get rid of him.

With all the good OC's out there not sure why Dooley has kept Chaney around..His biggest problem is he's predictable and not real creative in the run..Not enough misdirection;never uses bootleg stuff..If we have any hope of winning he MUST throw somethings at GA they haven't seen!! Good example ...Chaney likes to load formations to the right hash which is a dead giveaway Neal is getting a run or pitch to that side..How hard would it be to let the FB drift to the uncovered left side and hit him with a pass; even a pass from Neal..GA (LB's and safetys) would be so keyed to the run the FB would be so alone he could sit down and have a picnic..Little stuff;;Not exactly rocket science!! To Chaneys credit his pass plays and use of the TE in the red zone is pretty good

sameolvolalum writes:

A really good OC would probably love to take Chaney's place. However, I'm wondering if the (older) rumors that Peyton would love to run UT's offense again.....this time as a coach.....that he'd move right in upon retiring from the NFL. Naturally he'd have any sportscaster position on any network anywhere. He has a family, though, and Knoxville wouldn't be a bad place to stay home more and refine his newest project....UT football's OC (HC apparent). Keeping Dooley on board (with the hopes of his improving learning curve) would keep the program together and would avoid the train wreck of rebuilding AGAIN. Recruiting would pick up with Mr. Manning paying the visits. Wouldn't you think? All you fans in Athens this Saturday......Yell hard and sing Rocky Top 'til you're hoarse!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Patterson is still a work in progress when it comes to running routes. He needs to step it up.

Patterson is a threat to take to the house from anywhere.Your right I don't think Bray has 100% confidence CP is gonna be where he's supposed to. Chaney tends to use him to much on sideline routes and fly routes that CB's have seen 100 times on film

Orangepuddinskin writes:

What do you mean, "Tennessee hasn't won a road game since Nov. 20, 2010, at Vanderbilt"? Check your stats, because the NC State game was a road game at the Dome. NC State was the home team.

CCLC writes:

in response to Orangepuddinskin:

What do you mean, "Tennessee hasn't won a road game since Nov. 20, 2010, at Vanderbilt"? Check your stats, because the NC State game was a road game at the Dome. NC State was the home team.

Someone has to be listed as the home team.... but we both know who traveled the most to get to that game. OK?

Orangepuddinskin writes:

in response to CCLC:

Someone has to be listed as the home team.... but we both know who traveled the most to get to that game. OK?

It is still incorrect.

TooDlems writes:

in response to CCLC:

Someone has to be listed as the home team.... but we both know who traveled the most to get to that game. OK?

Just looking at all the empty seats they had at the Georgia Dome that night. I'd have to say it was a UT home game, NeyBoob South.

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