Notebook: NFL decision awaits Alec Ogletree, who had 15 tackles vs. Jackets

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) celebrates after the Bulldogs stop Georgia Tech's Vad Lee on fourth down. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) celebrates after the Bulldogs stop Georgia Tech's Vad Lee on fourth down. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS — If linebacker Alec Ogletree played his last game between the hedges on Saturday it was a good one to go out on.

Twenty-one Georgia seniors were honored before the Georgia Tech game Saturday in a 10-minute ceremony shortly before kickoff. And it’s a foregone conclusion that junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is playing his last season with the Bulldogs. The Butkus Award finalist and 2011 consensus All-American currently ranks No. 1 on most NFL projected draft boards, including the one ESPN’s well-respected “guru” Mel Kiper.

Then there’s Ogletree. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound junior turned in yet another dominating performance Saturday against the Yellows Jackets. Ogletree, who plays the “Mo” inside linebacker position for the Bulldogs recorded a game-high 15 tackles on Saturday. That gives him team-best 87 tackles on the season.

While it’s not unusual for an inside linebacker to lead the team in tackles, it is a bit surprising when that linebacker missed the first four games of the season due to suspension. In the eight games since, Ogletree has average 10.9 tackles per game.

“Tree’s a special player,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt said: “He’s kind of tailor-made for this type of a defense. He can run sideline-to-sideline and you’ve got to have somebody like that who can make those kinds of hits. . . . For him to be able to fly like he can fly, it’s just hard for them to get the edge. Overall, Ogletree’s speed is a huge factor.”

It could be a huge factor at the next level as well. NFL scouts aren’t permitted to discuss underclassmen but one, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Ogletree has a first-round rating in terms of his physical skills. However, Ogletree’s suspension for a violation of Georgia’s marijuana-use policy could impact his value.

Ogletree insists he has spent no time or energy contemplating his future.

“I’m not even thinking about that,” Ogletree said following Saturday’s game. “I’m just worried about getting better before this next game. I’ll have a decision to make at the end of the season. But right now all I’m thinking about this next game. I’m trying to handle business here.”

At the time of Ogletree’s interview, he wasn’t sure who the Bulldogs opponent would be in the SEC Championship. But he had an idea it would be Alabama two hours before the Crimson Tide finalized their 49-0 win over Auburn.

Winning the SEC title is all that is on Ogletree’s mind.

“Last year was rough for us,” he said. “But we have a lot of returning starters and a lot of older guys this year. Hopefully all the pressure that’s going to be there and the atmosphere better this time.”

With No. 9 manning the middle, they have a chance.

Aaron Murray’s 3,000-yard club

With two completions on Georgia’s opening drive of the game, Aaron Murray became the first quarterback in SEC history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons passing.

Murray, a junior and three-year starter from Tampa, finished with 215 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing. That gives him 3,201 yards on the season with 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Murray had 3,149 yards, 35 TDs and 14 interceptions as a sophomore and 3,049 yards, 24 TDs and 8 interceptions his redshirt freshman season. He already holds the school record for TD passes (89) and remains third behind Eric Zeier (11,153) and David Greene (11,528) in career passing yardage (9,399).

“Aaron is a very good leader for us,” Richt said. “He’s very good at preparing himself and his teammates. He gets us in the right play a lot and he gets us in the right protection a lot. Because of that we’re not just guessing out there.”

Murray uncharacteristically left the Georgia locker room without talking to reporters. He told one reporter he was in a hurry to meet his parents.

Injury report

John Jenkins lay face down and motionless for nearly a minute toward the end of the third quarter, and the Bulldog Nation held its collective breath for at least that long.

Fortunately for Georgia, Jenkins eventually got up with the help of trainers and walked off the field under his own power. Trainer Ron Courson worked on Jenkins right ankle on the Bulldogs’ sideline for several minutes and Jenkins took a seat on the bench. After the game he said he was fine.

“It was a little minor thing, it was just a spur of the moment type deal,” said Jenkins, who recorded a career high 11 tackles Saturday.. “I was trying to fight off a cut block and get my feet underneath me but before I could do so and two 300-pounders fell on my ankle. That’s a lot of weight. But I’m fine, I’m good. It shouldn’t be a problem going forward.”

The same couldn’t be said for backup defensive end Mike Thornton. His status was unknown on Saturday but the sophomore from Stone Mountain had to be helped off the field after suffering a leg injury in fourth quarter.

Etc. . . .

Georgia’s victory continued an unprecedented period of dominance for Georgia in this storied rivalry. It was the 11th win for Richt in 12 seasons with the Bulldogs – that’s the first 11-1 stretch in the series – and the 18th in the past 22. . . . Senior linebacker Christian Robinson had a career-high 13 tackles for the Bulldogs. Saturday’s game was listed as a sellout with an announced attendace of 92,746. But there were a lot of empty seats. Georgia Tech returned 1,900 of its 8,000-ticket allotment and there were many empty seats in the UGA student section. Georgia’s students remained on Thanksgiving break until Monday. . . .Governor Nathan Deal presented the Governor’s Cup trophy to the Bulldogs after the game. . . . Jon Stinchcomb honorary captain on Saturday. . . . Georgia set the school scoring record set on Keith Marshall’s 17-yard touchdown run at 6:00 third quarter. The Bulldogs have now scored 456 points this season, breaking the record of 450 set in 2004.

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Tony

November 24th, 2012
8:57 pm

Great game Dawgs, now finish the drill against Bama!

Tim-Buck-Two

November 24th, 2012
9:00 pm

Gonna miss all these great seniors!
Thanks for a great year so far… now FINISH THE DRILL.
GATA!

bamadawg

November 24th, 2012
9:30 pm

I live in Bama and all they say is (who are we playing for the n/c),we are a after thought!!!! Go Dawgs

TrueDawg

November 24th, 2012
9:36 pm

Anyone else notice Bobo on the sideline near the end of the game? He was pumped. I think he knows that if we can pull off the upset a BCS title is possible and he will finally be getting some calls for quality head coaching gigs. Kentucky maybe?

The Other Lake Dog

November 24th, 2012
9:43 pm

On CBS this morning they were talking about what a great matchup the NCG would be if Notre Dame beat USC to face Bama. Didn’t mention UGa. They must have been reading these blogs where faux Dawg fans talk about how bad our coaches and players are.

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Invictus mon

November 24th, 2012
10:02 pm

TrueDawg- We could only be so lucky!

ole adwg

November 24th, 2012
10:30 pm

Invictus… do you know how stupid that sounds. Coming after the column just mentioned that this team set a scoring record today? The jump on the bandwagon to bash Bobo comments have grown old. Is Bobo perfect? No. But he sure as hell has improved. I am proud of ALL players and coaches. GO DAWGS!!!

Inlet Dawg

November 24th, 2012
10:58 pm

Empty Seats ?

DodgerDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

“The same couldn’t be said for backup defensive end Mike Thornton. His status was unknown on Saturday but the sophomore from Stone Mountain had to be helped off the field after suffering a leg injury in fourth quarter.”
NICE CLASSY PROGRAM PAUL JOHNSON…I would have thought you had more integrity than to ILLEGALLY CUT BLOCK a minor. STOP TEACHING your archaic offense that focuses on hurting defensive players. It has not worked in many years. UPDATE or just do us all a favor and leave the game.

Mark

November 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

Think Bama, nothing but Bama….GATA

Brian Asselstine

November 25th, 2012
12:27 am

Questions have been answered. Word is already out that no matter what happens next week, Rambo, Ogletree and Jarvis Jones WILL NOT play in bowl or Nat. Championship game. They have already stopped attending class. Crapping on coach and team.

Lonnie

November 25th, 2012
12:37 am

Brian get a life!

Fair n Balanced

November 25th, 2012
12:39 am

Ga coaches……I’m on their side. The passive personality of CMR sometimes lends itself to the appearance of an I- don’t-care-attitude, I’m sure that he does care. For us diehard fans of old we remember Dooley’s constant antics on the sidelines and Irk’s over the top, blood running down his forehead fire. We long for that a little more and sometimes it’s needed. S Williams caused it this year. I believe the coaches caught fire for FL because of him . But lets remember that we actually have a pretty balanced trio (HC, OC, DC) when it comes to motivation. I’ve questioned it sometimes but I’ll not do it anymore. We have a scandal free program. Look at Aub! They may be set back 4 more years now. I’ll take our coaches and the winning % of CMR with a parental figure for edgy players who need him anytime over exploitive coaches. Lets not criticize our coaches. How can we? 11-1, maybe an NC? No questions. Just support.

Fair n Balanced

November 25th, 2012
1:27 am

Brian Asseltine: where do you get such info? Sounds like a bitter Tech plant. Indeed, get a life!

BigDawg

November 25th, 2012
1:44 am

Brian, eat a Dawg bone you idiot! Ogletree is a goner for sure, but not until we stomp the elephants & the Catholics, Dawgs National Champs 2012 baby woof woof woof

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tittiboi21

November 25th, 2012
3:43 am

Too many “fans” and not enough ppl who actually know football. Bobo has been the scapegoat for years when in reality he is one of the best offensive coordinators in the country. UGA by far has the most balanced offense in the country. Even John Gruden sang his praises and I promise you he knows more about football than everyone on this page combined.

PIERCE COUNTY DAWG

November 25th, 2012
3:46 am

MIKE THORNTON hope you are all right. Paul Johnson plays dirty with his cut blocking attack,but his time is limited with his high school offensive plays. It is a shame he and tech uses dirty tactics to try and end some ones season. GO SEMINOLES,HOPE YOU DRUM THE BUGS NEXT WEEK. Be careful though,they play dirty to try and make up for always being out manned and played. And out coached!!! ONLY ONE WORD “GO DAWGS” “WE OWN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!! BEAT BAMA!!!!

tittiboi21

November 25th, 2012
3:46 am

O and Ogletree is def gone. He is a first round pick for sure. He has been the hardest hitter on the team since he set foot in Athens. He played conservative coming off that suspension for some reason but you seen him on full display against tech and I fully expect him to continue to play that way the rest of the season

zbulldawg

November 25th, 2012
5:18 am

I don’t give a rat’s A$$ about who stays or goes at this point. THE time is NOW !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

NukeDawg

November 25th, 2012
6:14 am

GA, FL, SC – all wax the top 3 in the ACC today. The 2 teams in the ACC championship would be bottom feeders if they played in the SEC.

Each BCS bowl game should feature an SEC team with the NC featuring the top 2 SEC teams – Order restored to the universe!

MA English 75

November 25th, 2012
7:52 am

@Brian Asselstine, I find that very hard to believe.Just where is your information coming from?

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

November 25th, 2012
8:47 am

to Brian Asselstein: Well at least you know how to spell As…and you know how to write to make yourself one. Yeah, I’m sure these guys stopped going to class. Makes a lot of sense. Pa-leeeeze, nigga, tell us another one. I’m quite sure they would gladly give up a NCG so they didn’t have to attend Pre K 1, 2 and 3 or whatever they’re “studying.” Id-jet.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 25th, 2012
8:55 am

But TREE hasn’t finished his Child & Family Development Degree so he can’t go Pro and Smoke dope freely .

Game Changer

November 25th, 2012
9:02 am

Ogletree is the top strong safety / safety coming out of college this year. Rambo has proven he is one of the top safeties coming out of college this year. They will both be gone.

Game Changer

November 25th, 2012
9:07 am

Yes, Rambo is a senior and gone regardless as will the whole defense except for the exciting play of number 5 who will be the leader of a bunch of young ones on defense next year. QUESTION: Will Todd Grantham be back at UGA, highly doubtful at this time. Bobo, time to take shot at head coaching position or he will become stagnant.

Total dominance over the Nerds from the joke at the coke

November 25th, 2012
9:24 am

The Nerds from the Joke at the coke didnt show up because they knew it was going to be the same bug swating that has been going on for the past 41 years. They Dawgs record vs the nerds since 1971 is now up to 31 and 10. If you want to go back in further Uga is 40 and 15 since 1957. That is complete and total dominance. Murray was in a hurry to get to the film room to start prepairing for the biggest game of his life, that is why he did not hang out for an interview. This team is on a mission and Alabama is going to get hit in the mouth next week by a freight train rolling down hill with no brakes. It is our team our time Go Dawgs.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 25th, 2012
9:36 am

Game Changer
November 25th, 2012
9:02 am

Ogletree is the top strong safety / safety coming out of college this year. Rambo has proven he is one of the top safeties coming out of college this year. They will both be gone.
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Considering TREE is a Linebacker that would be Strange for him to be a Safety in your mind & in the NFL.

Vince

November 25th, 2012
9:42 am

TREE—–PLEASE DON’T GO !!!!!!!

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

Am I sleep reading, or did the AJC just allow “Mr. Hankey” up above to post that racial slur……..

grip

November 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

Aaron Murray has not had one SOLID game against a RANKED team in his 3 year career……..He is showing some of the same signs of selfishness as Mathew Stafford did when he was at uga. Let’s concentrate on him having one good game against a ranked opponent.

Glenn

November 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

The Dawgs control their own destiny, what more could you ask for, just look at the teams that don’t and there are some good out there. Make the most of it, Dawgs it’s your time to shine.

danny

November 25th, 2012
1:15 pm

If they win a National Championship, ALL the players can go and ALL the coaches too. And I promise to Mark Richt that i won’t cuss him for at least 10 years. JUST WIN IT BABY!!!

kingdaddy

November 25th, 2012
1:38 pm

Alec
UGA needs you in that LB slot next year as a leader for a young but talented Defense. You can make a big difference next year, hope you choose to stay. You are a DGD!!!

ROLL DAWGS!

November 25th, 2012
1:56 pm

We CRUSHED the bugs, now let ROLL over the tide! ROLL DAWGS!

Willard Martinezz

November 25th, 2012
2:06 pm

If Grantham goes, I’ll be there awaiting my call to resume my most successful career as Defensive Guru. I will be waiting for the call. No, really. I’m there. Not kidding.

Freda

November 25th, 2012
2:56 pm

What happened to the other refs who could have thrown the flag. This is totally unacceptable. He should not get away with this kind of roughness. Why didn’t the coach throw in the Red flag. What is going on here.

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GIVE ME A BREAK

November 25th, 2012
5:48 pm

Oglestump is a chump. He should have been penalized for slamming Godhigh to the ground. Tackling is one thing but what he did borderlined on assault. Alabama will take care of this punk Jones fell on the ground because he was tired. Thugs get paid this Saturday. Bubble will burst early. ” ROLL TIDE “

just sayin

November 25th, 2012
7:38 pm

Ogletree is a man. I’ve never seen a tackle like the one he had on the Tech receiver , ever. I’m just glad the kid got up. He’s big, powerful and plays with furry…you have to playing linebacker in the SEC. He’ll probably be a first round pick in the NFL.IT would be nice to have him back next year, since they’ll lose a lot on that side of the ball. If Georgia doesn’t turn the ball over against Alabama they can certainly win this game, but Alabama will come at them in a lot of different ways with blitzs. This game could really be a classic.

Tampa Gator

November 25th, 2012
9:11 pm

Jones and Ogeltree will be playing in the NFL next year. Georgia will have a lot of huge holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball this spring and summer. This is Georgia’s shot at a National Title. They have the players to do it. They probably will not have them next year…….but maybe is some young kids step up…which could happen.

St. Simons's Ghost

November 25th, 2012
9:12 pm

Is it just a coincidence that Turd and Nerd rhyme?

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