BACARRI RAMBO

Free Safety

University of Georgia Bulldogs

#18

6:00.4-215

Donalsonville, Georgia

Seminole County High School

 

OVERVIEW

Rambo’s return to the gridiron after serving a four-game suspension to begin the 2012 season could not come soon enough, as far as the rest of the Bulldogs defense was concerned. One of four starters that were out of the lineup from two-to-four games due to various team rules violations there was no question that the team sorely missed his playmaking ability in the secondary.

 

Fellow safety Shawn Williams had taken the rest of the defense to task, openly challenging them after some listless performances in what was to be an “easy” schedule throughout the month of September. Rambo was the spark that ignited the team in the past, the one true player on the team that could turn the tide of a close game. He was back and the rest of their opponents would soon wish he had an extended “vacation.”

 

Rambo’s impact was felt immediately and he would eventually earn All-Southeastern Conference honors and finish fourth on the team with 73 tackles, despite missing one-fourth of the 2012 campaign. He also picked off three passes to run his career total up to sixteen thefts, tying Jake Scott (1967-68) for Georgia’s all-time record. In just ten games back in the lineup, he produced seven turnovers that the Bulldogs converted into scoring drives. Welcome back, Baccari Rambo, UGA fans thought.

 

The Georgia coaching staff knew exactly the type of player they had when they made Rambo their primary recruiting target during his senior year at Seminole County High School. The question was where to play him, as he was equally effective as a ball carrier and a pass thief. As a junior in 2006, he rushed for 1,186 yards (9.7 ypc) and 21 touch-downs, adding 488 more yards passing including seven touchdowns. He also recorded 58 tackles, four interceptions and recovered five fumbles on defense, earning Class A All-State honorable mention.

 

In 2007, Rambo again excelled on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 692 yards on 110 attempts with seventeen scores and completed 34 of 75 passes for 615 yards and four more touchdowns. He also registered 65 tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, finding the end zone again with a punt return and kickoff return.

 

As a senior, Rambo earned Prep-Star All-Southeast Region and Super Prep All-Dixie Team honors. Rivals.com rated him the 40th-best athlete in the country and the 29th-best player in the state of Georgia. Scout.com considered him to be three-star prospect, the 23rd-best player in Georgia, and the 29th-best safety in America. He was a 2007 Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A All-State honorable mention.

 

Rambo’s impact on the Georgia program was immediately felt, as he received Newcomer of the Year honors in 2009. He came off the bench while playing in eleven games behind Reshad Jones at strong safety, posting 25 tackles with five pass break-ups, in addition to returning one of his two interceptions for touchdowns. He also performed on the scout team, playing quarterback at times to replicate of the option looks the team saw and take advantage of his high school experience in that offense.

 

 

With Jones having graduated, Rambo seized the starting opportunity at strong safety in 2010. He ranked second on the team with 82 tackles. Picking off three more passes while returning one for a touchdown. He also caused three fumbles, deflected three passes and had three QB pressures. He must have liked the “number three” that year, as he was also named to the All-Southeastern Conference third-team.

 

Rambo switched positions with Shawn Williams in 2011, taking over at free safety while starting all thirteen games. It took a little time to adjust to different coverage assignment duties, and also personal tragedy. In late September, his son was delivered stillborn about ten days before the due date.

 

Rambo decided to play through the grief, and wound up intercepting two passes in a 27-13 win at Mississippi. He dedicated that game, and the rest of his junior season to Braylin, the son he never got to know. He only recorded 55 tackles, but he excelled as a ball thief, finishing first in the league and second in the nation with eight interceptions for 157 yards in returns, including one touchdown, receiving first-team All-American honors.

 

Rambo closed out his career as a member of the South team that performed in the 2013 Senior Bowl, but had to wait until Georgia’s March Pro Day to run for NFL teams. At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, he was granted a medical exemption from drills due to a hamstring injury.

 

CAREER NOTES

Rambo started 36-of-47 games at Georgia – 23 at free safety and thirteen at strong safety…

Recorded 235 tackles (157 solos) with a 12-yard sack and seven stops for losses of 27 yards…Recovered two fumbles and caused six others…Added five quarterback pressures and two blocked punts…Deflected eighteen passes and tied Jake Scott (1967-68) for the school career-record with sixteen interceptions for 293 yards in returns and three touch-downs…His 293 return yards rank third on the Bulldogs career-record chart behind Jake Scott (315) and Scott Woerner (303; 1977-80)…His three touchdown returns also tied Scott’s school all-time record…The only player in Southeastern Conference history with more touchdowns via interception returns is Jackie Walker of Tennessee (five; 1969-71)…

Rambo is also ranked tied for seventh in SEC annals with his sixteen pass thefts and his 293 return yards tied Conrad Graham of Tennessee (1970-72) for tenth in SEC annals.

 

2012 SEASON

All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and an All-Southeastern Conference second-team pick by Phil Steele…Started the final ten games of the season at free safety after serving a four-game suspension (team rules violations), but still managed to finish fourth on the team with 73 tackles (47 solos) that included a 12-yard sack…Had one fumble recovery that he advanced 49 yards vs. Georgia Tech, gaining 27 yards on an interception return while making eight tackles and causing two fumbles vs. the Yellow Jackets…Also caused three fumbles, deflected two passes and intercepted three others for 44 yards in returns…Posted six tackles vs. Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl and was in on eight tackles while deflecting a pass vs. Alabama in the SEC Championship Game…

Delivered six tackles vs. Georgia Southern and recorded eight tackles and an interception at Auburn….Added seven tackles and a forced fumble vs. Ole Miss and registered five tackles (four solo), as he recorded a sack and 10-yard interception return vs. Florida…Had

ten tackles at Kentucky and six solo tackles at South Carolina…Made his 2012 debut with nine tackles vs. Tennessee.

 

2011 SEASON

Rambo was named first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Yahoo Sports and Rivals.com, adding second-team honors from Walter Camp, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated…The consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice switched to free safety as a junior, managing only 55 tackles (34 solos) with one stop for minus 2 yards and a pressure, but he deflected eight passes and led the SEC while placing second in the nation with eight interceptions for 157 yards in returns, including one touch-down…His eight thefts rank tied for fifth on the school season-record chart and the only players with more interception yardage in a season are Eli Maricich (189 in 1948) and Jake Scott (175 in 1968)…Selected College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back of the Week after he returned an interception yards for a touchdown vs. Auburn…Had six tackles and a 51-yard interception return vs. New Mexico State…Notched a team-high eight tackles, an interception and two pass deflections at Vanderbilt…Registered six tackles and a pass break-up vs. Mississippi State…Named CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week after he recorded four tackles and a career-high two interceptions at Ole Miss…Recorded four tackles and a 43-yard interception return vs. Coastal Carolina…Had six tackles, a pass theft and a pass break-up vs. South Carolina…Recipient of the Aubrey Cecil Rhodes Football Scholarship.

 

2010 SEASON

Rambo received All-SEC third-team honors from Phil Steele and earned one of team’s Most Improved Player Awards for defense…Started all thirteen games at strong safety, ranking second on the team with 82 tackles (56 solos) that included five stops for losses of 13 yards…Caused three fumbles, had three QB pressures and deflected three passes while also notching three interceptions for 64 yards in returns, including a 39-yard score vs. Idaho State…Registered a career-high 14 tackles and a pass break-up vs. Florida…Led the team with 12 tackles at South Carolina…Had six tackles and forced a pair of fumbles vs. Georgia Tech…Recorded six tackles and an interception at Auburn.

 

2009 SEASON

Rambo was named one of team’s Newcomer of the Year award winners for defense after he appeared in eleven games making 25 tackles (20 solos), five pass break-ups and two interceptions for 28 yards in returns…Registered a season-high four tackles vs. Arizona State, at Tennessee and vs. Texas A&M…Also had an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown at Tennessee and blocked a punt vs. Texas A&M.

 

2008 SEASON

Rambo red-shirted as a freshman, spending the year as a quarterback for the scout team…

Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and the Georgia Director’s Honor Roll for fall 2008 semester.

 

INJURY REPORT

2009 Season…Missed the Kentucky and Georgia Tech games after getting knocked unconscious in the Auburn contest.

2012 Postseason…Granted a medical exemption from drills at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine due to a hamstring injury.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.59 in the 40-yard dash…1.57 10-yard dash…2.61 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…

6.94 three-cone drill…34 ½-inch vertical jump…9’9” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…30 ½-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands…73 ¼-inch wingspan.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Rambo attended Seminole County (Donalsonville, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Alan Ingram…As a junior in 2006, he rushed for 1,186 yards (9.7 ypc) and 21 touch-downs, adding 488 more yards passing including seven touchdowns…Also made 58 tackles, four interceptions and recovered five fumbles on defense, earning Class A All-State honorable mention…In 2007, Rambo again excelled on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 692 yards on 110 attempts with seventeen scores and completed 34 of 75 passes for 615 yards and four more touchdowns…Also registered 65 tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, finding the end zone again with a punt return and kickoff return…As a senior, Rambo earned Prep-Star All-Southeast Region and Super Prep All-Dixie Team honors…Rivals.com rated him the 40th-best athlete in the country and the 29th-best player in the state of Georgia…Scout.com considered him to be three-star prospect, the 23rd-best player in Georgia, and the 29th-best safety in America…2007 Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A All-State honorable mention.

 

PERSONAL

Consumer Economics major…Born 6/27/90…Resides in Donalsonville, Georgia.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2009 11 00 025 020 005  00  00  02 0.0-00   05  0.0-00  01
2010 13 13 082 056 026  00  03  03 5.0-13   03  0.0-00  01
2011 13 13 055 034 021  01  00  08 1.0-02   08  0.0-00  00
2012 10 10 073 047 026  01  03  03 1.0-12   02  1.0-12  00
TOTAL 47 36 235 157 078  02  06  16 7.0-27   18  1.0-12  02

 

BLOCKED PUNT RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  01        21 21.00  00    21  00        00 00.00  00    00
2010  01        00 00.00  00    00  00        00 00.00  00    00
2012  00        00 00.00  00    00  01        49 49.00  00    49
TOTAL  02        21 10.50  00    21  01        49 49.00  00    49

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  02      028 14.00  01    28
2010  03      064 21.33  01    39
2011  08      157 19.63  01    51
2012  03      044 14.67  00    27
TOTAL  16      293 18.31  03    51

 

RAMBO GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Buffalo 09/01/12 Buffalo 45-23

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 09/08/12 at Missouri 41-20

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fla. Atlantic 09/15/12 Fla. Atlantic 56-20

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/22/12 Vanderbilt 48-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/29/12 Tennessee 51-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/06/12 at South Carolina 7-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/20/12 at Kentucky 29-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/27/12 Florida 17-9

Yes

1

10

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

1

12

0

1

12

0

0

Ole Miss 11/03/12 Ole Miss 37-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Auburn 11/10/12 at Auburn 38-0

Yes

1

7

0

0

0

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Ga. Southern 11/17/12 Ga. Southern 45-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/24/12 Georgia Tech 42-10

Yes

1

27

0

1

49

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Alabama 12/01/12 Alabama 28-32

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Nebraska 01/01/13 Nebraska 45-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

3

44

0

1

49

0

26

47

0

1

12

0

1

12

2

3

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Boise St. 09/03/11 Boise St. 21-35

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/10/11 South Carolina 42-45

Yes

1

0

0

4

2

0

0

0

2

0

Coastal Caro. 09/17/11 Coastal Caro. 59-0

Yes

1

43

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 09/24/11 at Ole Miss 27-13

Yes

2

26

0

0

4

0

0

0

1

0

Mississippi St. 10/01/11 Mississippi St. 24-10

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

1

0

Tennessee 10/08/11 at Tennessee 20-12

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

2

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/15/11 at Vanderbilt 33-28

Yes

1

5

0

4

4

0

0

0

2

0

Florida 10/29/11 Florida 24-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

New Mexico St. 11/05/11 New Mexico St. 63-16

Yes

1

51

0

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/12/11 Auburn 45-7

Yes

1

24

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 11/19/11 Kentucky 19-10

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/26/11 at Georgia Tech 31-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 12/03/11 at LSU 10-42

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

Michigan St. 01/02/12 Michigan St. 30-33

Yes

1

8

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

8

157

1

21

34

0

1

2

8

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Punt Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

La.-Lafayette 09/04/10 La.-Lafayette 55-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

1

0

0

South Carolina 09/11/10 at South Carolina 6-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

7

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/18/10 Arkansas 24-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

2

1

1

7

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/25/10 at Mississippi St. 12-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 10/02/10 at Colorado 27-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

1

0

Tennessee 10/09/10 Tennessee 41-14

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/16/10 Vanderbilt 43-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/23/10 at Kentucky 44-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

Florida 10/30/10 Florida 31-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

0

0

0

1

0

Idaho St. 11/06/10 Idaho St. 55-7

Yes

1

39

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

Auburn 11/13/10 at Auburn 31-49

Yes

1

25

0

0

0

0

1

5

1

0

1

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/27/10 Georgia Tech 42-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

2

UCF 12/31/10 UCF 6-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

2

4

0

0

Season Totals

3

64

1

1

0

0

24

58

2

4

13

3

3

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Punt Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

BK

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Oklahoma St. 09/05/09 at Oklahoma St. 10-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/12/09 South Carolina 41-37

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/19/09 at Arkansas 52-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 09/26/09 Arizona St. 20-17

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

LSU 10/03/09 LSU 13-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/10/09 at Tennessee 19-45

Yes

1

28

1

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/17/09 at Vanderbilt 34-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

Florida 10/31/09 Florida 17-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee Tech 11/07/09 Tennessee Tech 38-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

Auburn 11/14/09 Auburn 31-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

Kentucky 11/21/09 Kentucky 27-34

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/28/09 at Georgia Tech 30-24

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 12/28/09 Texas A&M 44-20

Yes

0

0

0

1

21

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

Season Totals

2

28

1

1

21

0

5

20

0

0

0

5

0

1

 

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