Notebook: Abry Jones plans to play in bowl, Alec Ogletree mum on NFL (UPDATED)

ORLANDO, Fla. – How much Abry Jones can play against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday will come down to whether his body can pull off what his heart wants him to do.

Jones, a senior and starting defensive end for Georgia, has been out for the last nine weeks following ankle surgery. He returned to practice in a mostly-unlimited capacity this week and has been cleared to play in the game.

But there is definitely reservation in Jones’ voice when he talks about returning to the field for the first time since the seventh game of the season.

“I’m trying to,” Jones said of playing in the game. “I’ve been moving around a little bit. . . . It’s my senior year and I missed so much and I just want to play one more game with the fellas. If I feel confident enough and they let me play, I’m going to play. That’s what I want to do. But it’s just how I feel pretty much.”

Jones estimated he is about “75 to 85” percent recovered from the left ankle injury suffered against Kentucky on Oct. 20. He started practicing in a limited capacity back in Athens and is attempting to go full speed this week.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said before Friday’s practice at Celebration High School. “I can run at least, and I can cut a little bit, too.”

Jones said while he has been cleared to play by trainers, he will ultimately have final say. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham indicated he would play Jones “in spots” and see how it goes.

That Jones is even considering playing is somewhat surprising. He is a senior who projects as an NFL prospect, so most in his situation would skip a bowl to get ready for the next level and avoid the risk of further injury.

“Ever since he got hurt his attitude was, ‘I want to get back and I want to play,’ and he’s been working toward that the entire time,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I really don’t know how much he’ll be able to play or what kind of stamina he’ll have. But he wants to play and the plan is to play him. As practices go on we’ll have a little better gauge what that might look like. For now, just the thought of him fighting like mad to get back on the field is a sign of his integrity and his love of the game and his love of Georgia.”

The Bulldogs could definitely use Jones’ help. They already will be playing without starting noseguard John Jenkins, who was ruled academically ineligible to play in the bowl. Jenkins had been doing double-duty at Jones’ end position since Week 7. Those snaps will now have to go to Cornelius Washington, Ray Drew and Mike Thornton, all of whom lack Jones’ size (6-3, 309).

“I was feeling compelled to play from the get-go just because these are my teammates and I’ve been missing them for about nine weeks now,” said Jones, who has started 26 games and played in 46 for the Bulldogs. “I’ve been out here and it feels like normal. I’m loving all the love the guys are giving me for being out here, so it just makes me feel stronger.”

NFL UPDATE

For the first time in a while, junior linebacker Alec Ogletree addressed the impending decision he has to make with regard to the NFL draft. The Bulldogs’ “Mo” linebacker projects as a potential first-rounder and it’s generally thought he’ll make the jump. But surprisingly, Ogletree said he didn’t asked the NFL’s advisory board for an evaluation. And, as expected, he said he hasn’t come anywhere close to making a decision.

“Right now I’m still focusing on this season,” said Ogletree, who averaged nearly 11 tackles per game the second half of the season. “I’ve got the rest of this week to go, then I’ll talk to my parents about whatever I’m going to do after the bowl game, then make a decision . . . I’m here right now and that’s all I’m worried about.”

Junior noseguard Kwame Geathers said he has asked for an evaluation from the NFL. He also said who Georgia might hire as defensive line coach will factor into his decision.

Junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who some project as the No. 1 overall pick, says he’ll make a decision after the bowl. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15th to declare for the 2013 NFL draft.

PRACTICE UPDATE

The Bulldogs practiced for two hours Friday in shoulder pads and helmets in a fairly physical practice at Celebration High. It was the second straight day Georgia went through such a workout as Thursday they went in full pads. Richt indicated the Bulldogs would taper off with non-contact practices the next two days, followed by a walk-through practice on Monday. The No. 7 Bulldogs kickoff against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday at 1:07 p.m.

“We had good energy, everybody was locked in and ready to work today,” Richt said. “I feel good about preparations so far. I really like how we prepared in Athens, then got a little break and so far so good here in Orlando. It’s still a game of emotion and momentum, and hopefully we’ll start out with the right type of emotion, but we have to play for 60 minutes.”

Nebraska’s Martinez underwhelmed

Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez wasn’t going out of his way to diss Georgia’s defense, but neither was he tripping over himself to pay it any compliments.

Asked by reporters Friday what stands out about the Bulldogs’ defense, the Cornhuskers’ fleet-footed quarterback shrugged and said, “Nothing really. Just another typical Big Ten defense.”

Pressed on the subject, Martinez compared Georgia’s unit to the ones he faced from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

“Everyone thinks the SEC is the strongest in the nation because they go to the national championship every year,” Martinez said. “I think this year the Big Ten conference was really strong. So we’ll see how all our teams play out this year.”

Etc. . . .

The Bulldogs had the choice of going to SeaWorld or attending the Russell Athletic Bowl game between Virginia Tech and Rutgers. Or they could choose as Hunter Long did and do neither. The sophomore offensive guard’s birthday is Saturday and he was going to the mall and out to eat with his parents and brother Austin Long. . . . Saturday the Bulldogs will embark on their biggest outing. After another morning practice, they’ll hit Disney’ World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom.

152 comments Add your comment

Buckeye

December 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

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

December 28th, 2012
3:27 pm

Alec isn’t going to say anything of value abut the NFL until after Jan 7th. He SHOULD stay and work on his degree, BUT that is not the Culture in which he lives. I think he is 78% gone right now.

Dawglasville

December 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Buckeye – How is the weather in Salt Lake? Has Trey’s plane landed yet?

atlbdawg

December 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

Mr Put in Timeout,
Alec ogletree should he stay another year at uga? or go to the NFL as a 1st rd pick? hhhmmm
college or Guarenteed Millions and a signing bonus(Million+ just for signing) if you leave after the season?
I highly value education, especially at a great university like uga, but him being that great of a ILB he probobly has been dreaming of the NFL. If I were Alec I would go in a heartbeat, its not like he cant take some classes over the years and finish his degree anyway a la Vince Carter at UNC.

What culture does he live in? why dont you say what you really wana say

atlbdawg

December 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

Mr Put in Timeout,
Alec ogletree should he stay another year at uga? or go to the NFL as a 1st rd pick? hhhmmm
college or Guarenteed Millions and a signing bonus(Million+ just for signing) if you leave after the season?
I highly value education, especially at a great university like uga, but him being that great of a ILB he probobly has been dreaming of the NFL. If I were Alec I would go in a heartbeat, its not like he cant take some classes over the years and finish his degree anyway a la Vince Carter at UNC.

What culture does he live in? why dont you say what you really wana say

@Put in timeout

December 28th, 2012
3:49 pm

Alex isn’t the only one not saying anything of value, but apparently that is the culture in which you live.

Laughing out Loud

December 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

4th?????? What award is there for 4th? My FIRST ever to have a 4th! WOW! Timming is everything! Looking forward to a great game on Tuesday! Let the Dawgs do their thing. Start the New Year right with VICTORY #1 for 2013. Georgia fans have so much for which to be thankful. It truly is an excellent program. Go DAWGS!

Laughing out Loud

December 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

LOL! Dang I even missed 4th taking time to write a blog! Timming is everything. You think Alex knows that?

My-Guy

December 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

Alec Ogletree is going into the NFL guys, I live around his hometown, I have a lot of friends who know him & his family around the district, Zander Ogletree is staying for his senior year, not Alec though! Don’t aspect Jarvis Jones & Alec Ogletree to come back next year, Geathers might be the only senior on defense next year or another few.

@My Guy

December 28th, 2012
4:01 pm

I think most people are expecting Jarvis, Tree, and Geathers to come out. Most think Murray will come back, but even that’s not certain.

crossdawg

December 28th, 2012
4:03 pm

Geathers going pro? He’s a big boy but not even a starter. Must have visions of sugarplums dancing in his head.

Can't blame someone for going pro!!

December 28th, 2012
4:05 pm

If you are projected first rounder, you have to go. Your degree is nice but it will not guarantee a signing bonus. However, I do encourage all the early NFL players to take summer school classes and get a degree. Remember that something like 75% of NFL players file for bankruptcy soon after their playing days are over. Being educated and mature with your money is the only way to avoid this plight.

My-Guy

December 28th, 2012
4:12 pm

I agree, Jarvis Jones is 1st round pick, and he doesn’t want to go, but he knows he has to. If all the juniors come back next year, they would help us a lot for Clemson, South Carolna, LSU, & Florida’s madness. But it is what it is, they’re all going pro! I understand a lot of people want all the juniors to come back because of the challenging schedule we have next year, but oh well…. They have to help their families get wealthy, besides Aaron Murray, I believe all the other juniors from what I know of are going pro for sure!

DawgGone?NO!!

December 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

With Ogletree, Geathers and Jones playing like Pros this year, just imagine what their level of play would be like next year as seniors! Hmmm….

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

December 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

atlbdawg……….college or Guarenteed Millions and a signing bonus(Million+ just for signing) if you leave after the season?
==============================
It is “guaranteed” first
Second “guaranteed” millions given to him doesn’t mean he will have Millions. So many players are BROKE FAST. You know the CULTURE I am talking about. Did you watch the ESPN 30-for-30 about all the great now BROKE players? When a kid makes NFL money EVERYBODY he ever knew is looking to get a piece of cheese. It is the entitled culture this country has created. Lotto winners go broke at a better than 80% in 8 years.
ALEC needs to CHANGE his Major from the “baby & family” joke to FINANCE for 1 year and LEARN about what to do with that NFL money next year.

Vampire Bill

December 28th, 2012
4:18 pm

Put in is rapidly becoming a troll. What a nitwit.

TampaGator

December 28th, 2012
4:18 pm

Time out….

78% gone, not 80%….interesting….so a 7.8 out of 10 chance Ogeltree will leave instead of a 8 out of 10 chance. Makes perfect sense to me.

Can’t Blame…..

I am not so sure that 75% of the former NFL players file for bankruptcy…..sounds kind of high to me…..if so….I am not sure why anyone would want to play in the NFL these days. Ruin your body for life and have a 75% chance of living the rest of your life in financial ruin as well. But at least, that is better than 78%….see above.

TampaGator

December 28th, 2012
4:21 pm

Put…..

Yeah…..all those scary black people…..right? Like the current President of the U.S….that type of culture, right. Or Colin Powell….not that culture he lives in really, really scary for white people in the South. You know…..that culture!!!!! Yikes…….now…..thinking about people like you….that is a culture that scares me the most.

ugab

December 28th, 2012
4:24 pm

Good luck to any of the players going pro. It does not matter if you have one dolar or a million dollars. It is all about managing your money. If any player decides to stay, he will get a nice insurance policy in case of a career ending injury was to happen. I hope we do better against the run for this bowl game. Alabama lit the dawgs up. Our DL and ILBs got pushed around against Alabama. It is time for someone to step up with Jenkins being gone. I am not talking about Geathers. He’s to lazy. We need someone else to make some plays. I don’t think Abry will be ready.

BKbroila

December 28th, 2012
4:25 pm

Huge Dawg fan…would love to see them stay, but the only one who will benefit from staying another year on Defense is Geathers…

Crystal Ball?

December 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

It sure is fascinating to see all you guys predicting financial futures of people you don’t even know? See me about some property I have for sale.

TampaGator

December 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

My Guy…..

Florida is probably going to lose Sharief Floyd, Matt Elam, and Jordn Reed….and maybe even Jenoris Jenkins…..so it all evens out for SEC teams. Bama is going to lose some good jrs. as well….and LSU is going to lose some extremely talented jrs. That is why you have to recruit for the future because more and more jrs. are leaving early…..because they can always come back and work on their degrees….but you can’t always go to the NFL. The surprise to me was Latimore going pro early with his injury….that made no sense to me. You would think he would have stayed at SC and rehabed for next year….not play….stay in school….and then turn pro the following year without playing again in college. Instead, he heads to the NFL with no guarantees of getting drafted and no longer being on a SC scholly. Hope he knows something I do not know.

Lawdawg

December 28th, 2012
4:29 pm

Hey “Put in”…….Do you have a job? You’re wearing out your welcome like St. Simons did a few years ago.

DAWG GONE

December 28th, 2012
4:30 pm

this was the year for the national championship. they are all going to the NFL. come back for what?

GO GET PAID

My-Guy

December 28th, 2012
4:33 pm

I’m not sure about this, but I heard that Tyrann Matthews from LSU was going into the 2013 draft, I don’t get it, he got kicked off the team after his sophomore season and has gone 1 year without playing or experience!?

Buckeye

December 28th, 2012
4:39 pm

I’m baaaaack!

ugab

December 28th, 2012
4:41 pm

ugab

December 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

My-Guy, Mathew is going to enter the draft. He is nothing but trouble.

Chilidawg

December 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Tampagator, I didn’t read anything about scary blacks, the President or Colin Powell. It is a fact that often athletes with big contrtacts and lottery winners do not know how to manage their money, including how to say “no” to friends and family. So since this is not an election, there is nothing for you to gain by playing the race card.

ugab

December 28th, 2012
4:49 pm

Tampa Gator
You are right. You have to build your program to prepare for players leaving early. CMR is not to good at it. Saban is great at it. Depth is the key. Injuries play a role. Grades and Suspensions always have been a big problem with Uga. Saban is great at getting the underclassman ready.

atlbdawg

December 28th, 2012
4:51 pm

Put In Timeout,

I admire your thoughtfulness of Alec and his future financial endeavours. Im glad your main point about him staying is that he will have a 75% chance of going broke when he is done playing the NFL. So its ok for him to come back and play out his eligibility for UGA and THEN go to the NFL and become broke? You are certainly from what I gather, are more interested in Alec returning to UGA where he would obviously dominate again next year for us and then turning pro after his eligibility is up and he could mean less to you once he cant play for UGA anymore.

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

December 28th, 2012
4:59 pm

TampaGator……………who said anything about COLOR? YOU did. I said the entitlement culture and that crosses all colors.

Alec has a better chance of being an NFL player and keeping his money IF he gets his degree. A degree in baby & family ain’t going to teach him how to keep his money either.

NCDawg

December 28th, 2012
5:00 pm

Just damn… why did we have to start a stupid line of comments based upon supposition and innuendo? What purpose does it serve? None… let it be. The young man has an opportunity that only a tiny percentage of people will ever have. He has to do what is best for him and his family. If that includes staying for his senior season then more power to him. I will not call him stupid for going or staying.

KJ

December 28th, 2012
5:07 pm

“Put in is rapidly becoming a troll. What a nitwit.”

Becoming? You must be new here.

BKbroila

December 28th, 2012
5:12 pm

I would not blame anyone for going pro a year early…If his dream is to become a professional football player, then great…he has the opportunity and should pursue it…If he wants to stay, great…I’ll get to see him play one more year…He’s a great athlete and whether he makes millions this year or next, it’s not going to hinder or better his chance for going broke one day…His degree is not going to make one bit of difference…His choice…can’t go wrong either way

RGB

December 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

In the Obama economy one needs to jump on an opportunity when it presents itself–even if it happens to be the NFL and pays extremely well.

My-Guy

December 28th, 2012
5:17 pm

Fun Fact: Did you know if Missouri & Texas A&M didn’t join the SEC, we would’ve played Alabama IN TUSCULOOSA on October 6, 2012 instead of South Carolina, wooooo, it would’ve been fun sleeping defensively & offensely in the dark knight of Nick Satan’s troops & his electric crowd in Tusculoosa, this was before Shawn Williams spoke out the team so… Wouldn’t it been fun playing Alabama twice!?

HOP

December 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

these guys who have given much to georgia ,need only look at their Career in supporting their families and themselves.

murray needs to go as well because this draft is thin at QB and the value will be greater than next year..

also,georgia has plenty depth at QB with Mason and the new freshman qb coming in next fall. .

ARdawg

December 28th, 2012
5:30 pm

My take and best guessimate is, Murray, Tree and J Jones are gone. I would love to see them all back but wouldn’t blame them for hitting the bigtime and bankrolling the skin.

POAD, you sir are a troll and an idiot

ARdawg

December 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

Jarvis Jones has mentioned numerous times about getting his degree. Maybe he’ll stay but he’s got ample time to do that later

Notso Fast

December 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

If any of these young men can go in the first round then they should go.2nd round and above requires a little thinking.

Tampa...Gator???

December 28th, 2012
5:37 pm

Last I checked Janoris Jenkins played for the Rams.

fayncdawg

December 28th, 2012
5:38 pm

tampagator

I hardly agree with anything you post, but you’re spot on about Lattimore!

ARdawg

December 28th, 2012
5:41 pm

2nd round is still a lot of money and nothing to be sneezed at.

Are y all nuts?

December 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Alec is going pro, as is Jarvis and I suspect Kwame will, too. Why shouldn’t they? You go to college to hopefully get a better job. Is there a better job than an instant NFL multimillionaire? Kwame didn’t start at Georgia, except for part time. Remember his brother Robert? He went against most people’s advice and went pro after his junior ear after not starting at UGA. He has led the Bengals in sacks for the last few years and started since his rookie year. Kade Weston was the same, Gino Atkins, Weston and Jeff Owens were all sharing time at UGA, Atkins is a Pro Bowler. Nic Clemons, Kedrick Golston…the list goes on. You can’t do better than becoming a millionaire with your first job, and you don’t have to start, in the SEC, to be a solid professional player.
Good luck to them all! DGD’s

Under The Bleachers

December 28th, 2012
5:49 pm

These guys will not be serving themselves if they stay another year at UGA. If you are a Round 1 thru Round 4 player and your chances of not advancing to the Top 25 picks they should go. A big guy like Geathers is a commodity by NFL standards and his family history in the NFL will be a big plus.

UGA will want them All to return but reality is they are in their earning years right now and every player has only so many snaps in their bodies.

Timeout = 5150 UOAD Troll

December 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

Please don’t respond to Timeout. He is nothing but a Tech troll and a troublemaker. He never attended Tech or any college, but he has great advice for UGA players. As he has indicated before, Timeout is obsessed with meat however, which leads me to wonder if he plays for the “other” team.

Timeout, please go away and don’t EVER come back

Vince

December 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

Although Jarvis is a very, very good LB. Ogletree will be a better pro because of his speed, quickness, and understanding of the game–Sure would be sweet to have him back for one more year!!!

RakkasanDawg

December 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

@Put in started all this race talk when he referenced “culture.” I’m not sure what else he meant by it. And let’s not forgot white players also go pro early-and many of them also suffer bankruptcy (perhaps not as spectacular). If you want to talk race don’t skirt around and hide behind an anonymous email post. Man Up!
Bottom line- the reason is those millions are not guaranteed by year. A chance to be a first round draft pick is difficult to pass up. How does Matt Barkley feel now after passing up his junior year to potentially ending his football career. Lattimore doesn’t want to risk another injury without a shot at the NFL that was once so promising and practically guranteed. Someone referenced that ESPN 30-30 “Broke” and someone else talked about Ogletree taking a financial class but no one talks about all those shady financial analysts that also bilk these well-meaning athletes too.
In an ideal world we would want all these guys to come back and play for our beloved Dawgs with the brutal schedule next year. This year’s schedule which any die hard fan would acknowledge was very weak. Wish these young men well. They played their butts off and except for that play that will hunt me for the rest of my life (I still won’t watch replays of that game) we all envisioned beating up the Irish for the National Title. Atleast they didn’t dial it in like John Jenkins and quit attending class and harm the team for the upcoming bowl. GO DAWGS!

My-Guy

December 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

No, I think Aaron Murray definately needs to come back, he can prove himself that he can win against the quality defenses, he needs one more year of experience in college football, our schedule is waaaay too tough for Hutson Mason taking over as a starter with Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU being in the first month of the season. The way Aaron Murray played Alabama, if Murray plays like that for the rest of his career, he could lead us to an 11-2 season or 10-3 season next year, or possible 14-0 if we believe! Hutson Mason with lack of experience on the field would lead us to an 8-4 season! We’ll a lot of seniors on the O-line next year including sopho. John Theus & a lot of returning starters on offense next year. It be perfect to keep Aaron Murray. Ogletree, Jones, and Geathers can leave, our defense will rebuild don’t worry, but if we are going into the first month of the season with Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU, you better hope Aaron Murray comes back, or you’ll regret that big time. We were so excited about Joe Cox before the 2009 season, looked what happened…