The last thing Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch expected to be doing in the early morning hours after Saturday night’s Georgia loss at South Carolina was picking toilet paper out of the trees at the two-story house he shares in Athens with four other teammates.
“A little salt to an open wound,” Lynch said.
Linebacker and housemate Christian Robinson suspects the toilet paper rolling around the property off South Church Street and the eggs thrown at the house were done by disgruntled Bulldogs fans.
“There was more positive feedback from fans and friends and things than there was negative,” Lynch said. “People make choices. You’ve got to go on. It was kind of disheartening, but at the same time when that kind of went public I had friends that I haven’t talked to since my freshman year that were like `Hey, we haven’t given up. Shame on the people who did that. Just keeping moving forward. You guys are going to bounce back like you did last year.’”
Robinson tweeted to his followers on Twitter early Sunday morning that the house—which they share with quarterback Aaron Murray, snapper Ty Frix and fullback Dustin Royston--was egged and rolled.
“Thought we were in this together,” Robinson wrote.
The players returned home after 3 a.m.
“It was like a Halloween roll stuff,” Lynch said.
Robinson heard from neighbors that the house was already hit by 1 a.m.
“It’s a small group,” Robinson said of the suspected vandals. “That’s what I’ve been hearing people talk to me about is it’s a small group of people. Right when it happened, I had like 700 people tweeting me reminding me of that. …They probably won’t speak about it because there are so many people who would turn them in.”
Police came out and took pictures, Robinson said.
“Our landlord had never experienced anything like this,” Robinson said. “They picked up an egg carton and they were going to dust it for fingerprints or something like that. It better not be a repeat offender.”
Lynch picked the toilet paper out of the trees. He said he didn’t want that remaining by the time the sun came up.
“We couldn’t get the egg out, but they pressure washed it,” Robinson said. “It was on the windows. That was the hardest part trying to get it off.”
Rambo seeks return to form
Safety Bacarri Rambo hasn’t yet returned to the All-American form from his junior season in his two games back from suspension
“My time’s coming,” Rambo said. “I knew I was going to be a little rusty.”
Rambo spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since the spring when it was reported he was suspended four games for his second violation of Georgia’s drug-testing policy.
Asked if he expected his appeal was going to be successful, Rambo said: “I don’t know. I can’t really say. It happened and it’s over with. I just dealt with my consequences and moved on. I’m back with the team and ready to do great things with the team.”
Rambo said he returned in good shape. He’s tried to make plays, but said he needs better eye control.
He had a chance for an interception on South Carolina’s first scoring drive Saturday, but Damiere Byrd came down with the 42-yard reception.
“That’s what I beat myself up about,” Rambo said. “I wonder if I’d made that interception if would it have changed the momentum of the game,” Rambo said.
He said he needs to do a better job of reading the quarterback and the offensive line for run-pass reads to put himself in a better position.
“I had it in my hands,” Rambo said. “It’s still bothering me, but I’ve just got to move on.”
Rambo said he has no regrets about not entering the NFL draft last winter despite missing four games.
“I love my guys and I’m glad I’m here to help them to achieve the team goals,” Rambo said.
Rome’s hoops plans
Tight end Jay Rome could be back in a Bulldogs basketball uniform in time for the SEC opener at Florida on January 9. That’s two days after the college football season ends with the BCS title game.
“I think Jay would like to play again,” Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox said Tuesday. “He obviously has to stay healthy and be OK in the classroom. The plan is for him to continue to play. We realize that won’t be until January. We’ll wait patiently.”
Fox said Rome told him on Monday night that he was shooting some jumpers recently,
“I said `Well, you won’t shoot any for our team. You’re going to rebound,'" Fox said. "We were just joking because he is a pretty good shooter.’”
This and that
Quarterback Aaron Murray returned to practice after traveling back earlier in the day from Tampa, where his father underwent surgery Monday for thyroid cancer. “He has a lot going on, but he’s able to focus in,” Robinson said of Murray. “It is more important, his family, but he decided to come back to practice.”
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones didn’t practice Tuesday due to a right ankle sprain, according to Georgia.
Receiver Michael Bennett had surgery for his ACL injury at St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday. “Surgery went great!” Bennett tweeted. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital today.
Captains for the Oct. 20 game at Kentucky: Chris Burnette (offense), John Jenkins and Abry Jones (defense) and freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons (special teams).