Rambo, Williams will return for 2012

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been all smiles today as both of his starting junior safeties have decided to stay for their senior season, while Grantham himself put to rest any notion that he is considering jobs elsewhere.

On the heels of the news that junior tight end Orson Charles was leaving for the NFL, officials at the University of Georgia announced that safety Bacarri Rambo will return for his senior year. Moments later, DawgNation spoke to safety Shawn Williams, who confirmed that he, too, will be back.

“I am going to come back,” Williams told DawgNation on Wednesday night. “I want to play with Coach Grantham again and try to be an All-American. That is my goal.”

Rambo was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press after leading the SEC with eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. His 157 return yards in a season ranks him third all-time in the Georgia record books.

The Donalsonville, Ga., native has 152 career tackles and ranks third at Georgia in career interceptions with 13. Trailing only Jake Scott (16), Jeff Hipp and Terry Hoage (14 each) for the school’s all-time record, in his return Rambo could become the all-time record-holder for the Bulldogs.

Williams indicated that they would not be alone in returning for their senior season.

“Nobody else [is leaving]; we will have our whole defense back,” Williams said. “So we are going to set some records and do some things this year.”

Grantham said himself Wednesday that he plans for his stay at Georgia to be a lengthy one.

Georgia looks to be returning nine of the 11 starters on a defense that finished third this past season in the SEC in total defense (268 yards/game), rushing defense (103.4) and pass defense (165.1).