Ogletree’s move impacts Dogs at three positions

ATHENS – One decision is having ripple effects at three positions as Georgia’s football team continues spring practice.

The decision to shift Alec Ogletree from safety to inside linebacker bolstered his new position, created competition at his former position and freed Jarvis Jones to play outside linebacker rather than inside.

“The moves we made are good moves; I think we’re going to benefit from [them],” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said this week. “Those guys are doing good jobs in their new spots.

“The reason we made the moves was to create depth [at linebacker] and to get some guys that we feel can make plays closer to the ball. And it’s also created an opportunity in the secondary for someone to step up and take that position. The other thing is, anytime you can show players that [the lineup] isn’t etched in stone and that if you work hard you’re going to play, that’s a good thing.”

At inside linebacker, Ogletree is “a natural fit,” Grantham said, who is picking up the new position relatively quickly because of the knowledge of the play calls that he gained while starting five games at safety as a freshman last season.

“Even though he didn’t play this position last year,” Grantham said, “he knows what he’s doing based on what the safeties did last year.”

Ogletree came to Georgia as a safety but with an open mind.

“I wanted to come in and start out playing safety, but over time I didn’t mind moving to linebacker if the opportunity was there and [the team] needed me to move,” Ogletree said. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon. But the coaches called me into the office [before spring practice] and talked about it, and I came back with a decision to go ahead and move.”

Jones, who was redshirted last season after transferring from USC, likely would have been needed at inside linebacker if Ogletree had remained at safety. But Jones is now working exclusively at outside linebacker, where Grantham expects big things.

“I’m excited about him,” Grantham said of Jones. “He’ll make plays for us. . . . We’ll be glad he’s out there next season.”

The other offshoot of Ogletree’s move is that it opened up one starting spot in the secondary, where three other starters — corners Brandon Boykin and Sanders Commings and safety Bacarri Rambo — return. Jakar Hamilton, Shawn Williams and Marc Deas are battling for the other starting safety position, which pre-move likely would have been held by Ogletree.

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said he didn’t resist the move of Ogletree because “it gets a real good athlete in there at linebacker . . . and we do have some guys that have a little bit of experience at safety that we want to get on the field as well. So we made a little room for those.” He said Hamilton and Williams, both of whom made starts at safety last year before Ogletree claimed the position, “just need to continue to get reps and learn. That’s how you learn — you learn by doing things.”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

Click here for notes from Thursday’s practice, including an item on how Ben Jones fired up the offense.

81 comments Add your comment

jp

March 31st, 2011
5:42 pm

he’s going to be a good un

Guytondawg

March 31st, 2011
5:44 pm

It’s becoming obvious Samuels isn’t going to be any impact…..

Jeff

March 31st, 2011
5:49 pm

Where is Branden Smith in all of this? Haven’t heard anything about him in a while? Will he play more at corner or as an offensive X factor?

BooBOO

March 31st, 2011
5:55 pm

King and washed up Ealey wont be an impact either.

Benadawg

March 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

Maybe they wont get 5 or more yards falling forward as in the past……we need some slobberknocking back in Defense.the

Musical Chairs

March 31st, 2011
6:07 pm

Its obvious these coaches are clueless. Grantham stood on the sidlines last year looking clueless as the gators went up and down the field. Only thing he could do is the choke sign to the Gator field goal kicker. These guys are Choke Artists.

UGA Alumnus

March 31st, 2011
6:12 pm

Bawbie

March 31st, 2011
6:18 pm

FIRE DAVE PERNO!

fishook dawg

March 31st, 2011
6:25 pm

I wouldn’t mine some more changes when the freshmen get in. I would like to see Ray Drew at the other OLB across from Jarvis Jones and move Cornealius Washington to DE opposite Tyson. Take Swann and/or Marshall at corner and move Commings to safety.

Palm City Dawg

March 31st, 2011
6:25 pm

Black jerseys, red britches, red helments…and kick some a_ _!!!

Palm City Dawg

March 31st, 2011
6:30 pm

Chairs, go back to the choir…what the hell are you doing on a football blog!!!

Who Cares

March 31st, 2011
6:34 pm

This defense has more holes in it than swiss cheese. I’m sure Lattimore is licking his chops at the thought of getting to run through the arm tackles of Rambo&the hitman that has never hit anyone Hamilton. If these are the best safeties UGA has on it’s roster, then it is a direct reflection of Richt and his staff’s pathetic recruiting. Rambo is a joke. He loafs, and he is afraid to hit anyone anymore after he got knocked out against Auburn 2 years ago. If you look at this defense, it is hard to get excited about the fall. There is no one on the D.L. that has proven he can one, stop the run, and two create pressure on the q.b. The linebackers have no one returning that has proven he can rush the q.b., or stop the run. The only returning linebacker with experience is Washington, and he has been a major disappointment for 2 years now. To expect him to all of a sudden be a disruptive pass rusher is a big reach. So to not have a proven playmaker in the front 7 is very scary. Then the secondary is a work in progress as well. The secondary couldn’t cover anyone last year, and both corners are coming back, which means they want be able to cover anyone this year either. The corners are also, terrible in run support. That leaves the safeties, which is a total disaster, both in coverage and run support. Add all of these question marks up, and the answer to this defense is very scary, and to expect the defense to improve on last year’s numbers is a very big stretch. Bottomline, this coaching staff hasn’t done anything to prove they have a clue what they are doing, and just because they say moving people to different positions is an improvement, really doesn’t mean anything. Missouri has nothing on UGA fans now, Ga. is now the ShowMe state.

Musical Chairs

March 31st, 2011
6:36 pm

Kramer… you go first.

Herman Talmadge

March 31st, 2011
6:44 pm

“Grantham stood on the sidlines last year looking clueless as the gators went up and down the field. Only thing he could do is the choke sign to the Gator field goal kicker.”

You got that right. This clown should be run out of town on a rail.

Palm City Dawg

March 31st, 2011
6:47 pm

Who Cares…and Coach Lombardi has spoken…you are an idiot and fools fool…

SD Dawg

March 31st, 2011
6:47 pm

Wow! That is quite a rant Who Cares. But I happen to agree with a lot of it. I want to be excited about this fall, but I won’t let myself do it. I just do not see this team being much better this year and it might actually get worse. Grasping at straws here, but maybe the increase sized at NT will help the rest of the defense.

I care

March 31st, 2011
6:47 pm

And evidently you do too “Who Cares” or why would you know so much about the Dawgs defense. Let me guess….nobody has ever told you, you have a great attitude have they?

WaverlyDawg

March 31st, 2011
6:56 pm

Who Cares, would you be happier if we just go ahead and forfeit all our games for next year? Did you ever play the sport or are you just another wishiwuz or maybeicouldabeen?

trupert

March 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

I think the Defense will be much improved this year and by the responses of a couple of Fla and SC fans it looks like they know it too. Go Dawgs!!!

Tim

March 31st, 2011
7:13 pm

Richard Samuel will get playing time and plenty of it. Ogletree can’t play every snap of every game.

college is forever

March 31st, 2011
7:15 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com We all know that after last season there are alot of questions to answer, especially after that turd they laid in Memphis. But I’m sure as heck not cheering for any other team. Go Dawgs!!

tony

March 31st, 2011
7:26 pm

I do not agree with Grantham moving Alec Ogletree too inside linebacker because safety is his natural position……if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

tide roll

March 31st, 2011
7:32 pm

Coaches should not listen to Christian Robinson. Dowtin was a man, and Ogletree was well on the way to being the most intimidating safety in the Country. Just more wierd stuff from Richt and co.

Who Cares cant fool us hes actually blogger formerly known as UGA1953

March 31st, 2011
7:36 pm

Who Cares = UGA1953…..cmon now ..come clean, admit youre the same guy..same whine..same way too long post. nothing is ever any good.

If you arent him you must be his great grandson

aladawg

March 31st, 2011
7:37 pm

Who Cares, What coaching school did you attend you idiot. Shut you pie hole because when you don’t you let us all know how stupid you are.

ugab

March 31st, 2011
7:41 pm

Seem like we should have been recruiting safeties and linebackersl

Worm

March 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

Tony, ever hear of Thomas Davis?..It’s the natural progression..Safeties become LBer’s,LBer’s become DE’s,DE’s become DT’s,and CB’s become safeties..Also, if a DL can’t cut the mustard, he can usually move to the OL…If and OL can’t perform, then that’s usually a big MISS!

ugab

March 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

I thought Richt wanted an aggressive D. I have yet to see that. Blitz and Hit and tackle and quit playing like willie.

Dawg

March 31st, 2011
7:46 pm

For all the people who post and come up with negative crap about the “DAWGS”, maybe you should try coaching and see if you can do a better job.

Zoli

March 31st, 2011
7:56 pm

I think the only question we have to worry about is at safety. I don’t care what anyone says, since we have inserted Rambo the defense has improved. This guy is poised and makes plays. I don’t know if you saw the hit against Auburn, which ultimately won the game. For all you who think Ogletree is a safefty please quit. He is way too big and is a perfect fit at LB. He and Jarvis are going to kill people out there. These guys are bigger than most NFL LB’s. Yes Grantham looked like a deer in headlights against UF, but they threw a curveball at us by throwing a TE at QB. With the guys we have in place we now have the size to stuff the big backs and QB’s. I can’t wait to see this D….we are going to be a large and violent wrecking crew!

ringleader

March 31st, 2011
8:01 pm

Dawg………….You need to shut up and pay attention……………There is nobody posting on here that could not do a better job coaching than was demonstrated in Nashville. That was the worst coached Georgia team since 1960 from the first drive, let me kick a field goal to the final whistle. There had been no coaching since the Tech game, the staff thought it was a joke playing Central Florida. No scrimmage, No hitting, just drift around in shorts or sweats, No film review at all. Yep, anybody on here could have done a better job and won that game. So you start paying attention and you will understand the frustrations by us that know what is going on .

ROGERITER

March 31st, 2011
8:07 pm

WHO CARES, where are you coaching now? I’ll bet schools are fighting to get you to coach for them!
You’re just another blow-hard who thinks they know more than college coaches. Go clean up your room!!!

ROGERITER

March 31st, 2011
8:09 pm

You too ringleader!

dawggone

March 31st, 2011
8:13 pm

who cares and musical chairs are thye smartest dawg fans on this blog, think you for your honesty about the state of uga football, we suck and have always sucked, Ga Tech is much better than we are.

tony

March 31st, 2011
8:13 pm

Worm, nice try. Did it ever occur to you that maybe Carolina was already solid in the safety department so they decided to move Davis to linebacker? Not the same case @ uga. They were solid at safety with Alec Ogletree but now their not. ONCE AGAIN, IF IT AIN”T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT.

kybodawg

March 31st, 2011
8:14 pm

hey who cares. as einstien once said its all relative. give them a chance.

dawggone

March 31st, 2011
8:14 pm

GO JACKETS, THWG

SOGADOG

March 31st, 2011
8:15 pm

Are the recruiting analyst wrong or are we not developing players? Caleb King, Branden Smith and Richard Samuel are all five star players who have not been very productive. I am excited about next season and believe the Dawgs are closer to an SEC East title than most of us realize. I just have to wonder why five star recruits are either ordinary or underachievers.

armchair qb's

March 31st, 2011
8:15 pm

So Ringleader, I guess you were there while they prepared for the bowl game? You guys are all a bunch of tools!

dawggone

March 31st, 2011
8:15 pm

EVERYBODY BE BETTER THAN WE BE

Who Cares

March 31st, 2011
8:28 pm

UGA fans are so predictable, just like Richt&BOOBOO’s offense. They are so desperate to win a big game again that they will listen to anything Richt and his pathetic staff say. For you kool-aid drinkers that think Richt is a great coach, i feel sorry for you, because you are in for another big letdown. I stopped drinking the Richt kool-aid after W.V. made UGA look like a high school team in the Sugar Bowl in 2005. He had no clue what to do then, and he has no clue what to do now. Any coach that couldn’t win an SEC east title with the talent UGA had on offense in 2008 is a joke. Maybe if this clown hadn’t of promoted a Q.B. coach to O.C. UGA would have won in 2008, 2009, and 2010. But there is one thing for sure, they want win in 2011 with BOOBOO calling the plays on offense, and Grantham running the defense. Come back after the second game and tell me i’m wrong.

bwkdawg

March 31st, 2011
8:34 pm

I think this move is a great one. I’ve always felt he would make a better lb than a safety. I think he can be a good safety, but with his athleticsm I think he can be a great lb. I’ve always felt the same about thomas davis and greg blue. I’d rather have a safety thats great in pass coverage over a big hitter anyday of the week as long as he can make a tackle thats good enough you don’t get any points for hard hits.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

March 31st, 2011
8:42 pm

I anxious to read an article about our DE’s. Noone stood out last year if I can recall. If Big John can occupy two people and we had two studs at DE that could get pressure without bringing 1 or 2 linebackers, how awesome would that be?

Drop all the linebackers back in coverage…..with our big boys we would kill people!

Hey, a man can dream right?

Big Dawg Cobb

March 31st, 2011
8:48 pm

All ya’all have to do win the game is score more points..

Max Sizemore

March 31st, 2011
8:54 pm

Georgia Tech has first and goal at the UGA 2 last season and Grantham’s defense leaves both guards uncovered!! Next play, of course, is a touchdown. That doesn’t auger well for the coming season, regardless of what kind of personnel moves they make.

@Max Sizemore

March 31st, 2011
8:58 pm

And GT still lost so what are you saying.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

March 31st, 2011
9:02 pm

WHO CARES? I CARE! And I’m gonna stay positive. They did a good job recruiting. And me thinks the dogs are gonna kick some butts next fall.

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@ who cares

March 31st, 2011
9:08 pm

Obviously you do. Why else would a grown man take time out of his day to sit in front of a computer on a blog site and type comments. I don’t care about FL or AUB and I wouldn’t waste a min of my day on their blog site.

Choke

March 31st, 2011
9:15 pm

While I was really surprised that Tree got moved to ILB, I do think it will be good. I would much rather have play makers in the front seven than the secondary. Yes. Safety is suspect, just like it was last year. The good thing is that they can only improve from last year’s performance. The big difference, aside from everybody having considerably more experience w/ the system this year, is that UGA defense now has the personnel to run it more effectively. Jenkins, plus an impressively filled out Geathers, will give the defense a formidable core, which will reverberate throughout the rest of the defense. It allows Tyson to be moved out to DE, which is a much more natural fit for him. Having Jones and Tree at OLB and ILB, respectively, will have 2 big time playmakers free to make plays. WHoever said we don’t have proven LBs must not be paying attention. Jones was a stud starting as a true freshman at USC. And Tree is a playmaker being moved to a more natural position. It’s not that 230 is insanely huge for a safety; it’s that he inevitably will outgrow the position. Even if he were not to put on more weight, he would certainly put on more muscle, which would cause his hip movement to suffer in the secondary (see Taylor Mayes). I’m still not a huge Christian Robinson fan, but again, he can only improve from last year . . . hopefully. C. Washington has shown quite a few times that he is a great pash rusher, at least he did as a 4-3 DE. I can only think that after a yr in the system, he will have adjusted. At 6′4″ and 265 lbs, running probably a legit 4.5, he’ll be a star. While UGA might not be lights out on def, they will be considerably better than last year. Also, Boykin is a proven commodity at corner, despite his relatively small size. He’s a solid guy. Commings has steadily been improving. Again, it’s just the safety positions that are concerning . . .