I beat the drum as loudly as anyone for Rambo during his freshman year. Anyone with half a brain and a pair of eyes could see that as the season progressed, the defense played better with him on the field. With the departure of Martinez and the arrival of Grantham, I figured that Rambo was poised to have a breakout season last year.
Such was not the case, though. It’s not so much that Rambo was awful in 2010, as it was more a matter of inconsistency which led to overall mediocrity. Kind of like the team as a whole, when you think about it. As for Rambo, he often looked lost in pass coverage, largely because he was susceptible to play-action.
Fast forward to this year. Despite missing the Boise State game, he sits among the national leaders in interceptions. And that stat isn’t a false signal – when you watch him on the field, it’s clear that he plays with more awareness and confidence than he displayed last year. And what does he chalk his improvement up to? By now, you probably know the answer:
“I’ve started to study the game plan a little bit harder than I did last year,” Rambo said. “The way I was playing last year really didn’t help. I needed to change it up and put more work into it. It seems like everybody’s learned their stuff. When they know their stuff and I know mine, everything just seems to click together and I’m just lucky enough to be around a ball when they throw it to me. I have to say it’s all one the defense, not just me but the whole defense. I’m just lucky enough to be around the ball.”
Where did all these kids get the idea that all they had to do last year to win was show up on game day? It’s not like 2009 was some dominant season on Georgia’s part.
One good thing to consider: if Rambo is in fact a bellwether for the team, maybe things are looking up for this season.