Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo played a whale of a game against Ole Miss last Saturday, collecting two interceptions, four tackles, and one pass breakup in the Bulldogs' 27-13 victory. But almost no one watching knew exactly how impressive that performance was.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Rambo took the field only two days after learning that his unborn son, Braylin Rambo, had passed away following "late-pregnancy complications." Braylin was laid to rest Monday with Bacarri in attendance.
Bacarri was, unsurprisingly, "emotional" during his performance in Oxford:
"It was very emotional, a tough time for me," said Rambo ... "I just said a little prayer every time before I went on the field. And I could hear his voice say, ‘I’m watching you, Daddy. Go Daddy. Make me proud.’ It just motivated me."
Rambo decided to play only after discussing the situation with team chaplain Thomas Settles — whom he calls “T-Set” — and his father, Danny Rambo.
"I told him he should play," said Danny Rambo, a volunteer assistant coach at Seminole County High. "I told him to use that as a motivator. I told him, 'Dedicate the rest of the season to your son. He’s looking down on you now. So go out and make him proud.'"
Rambo has now picked off four passes in only three games, having missed the season opener against Boise State via suspension, and was named the National Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Eye on CFB offers Rambo and his family condolences on their loss.
Other Georgia news: Rumors are swirling regarding two Bulldogs and their status on the Georgia roster. Sophomore cornerback Derek Owens has already confirmed his plans to depart the team via e-mail, and tailback Ken Malcome's lack of playing time and absence from Tuesday's practice have some wondering if he might also be on his way out.
But the program has yet to make any official statement on Owens, and running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Malcome missed the Tuesday practice with an illness.UPDATE: Score one for the rumor mill: Mark Richt confirmed Wednesday that both Owens and Malcome have left the program. Their departures brings the number of Georgia players that have left with eligibility remaining this calendar year to an even dozen.