Notebook: UGA LB Alec Ogletree makes call to turn pro after 13-tackle performance

ORLANDO, Fla. – Give Alec Ogletree credit. He doesn’t dilly-dally on the football field, nor with important decisions. The Bulldogs’ dynamic junior linebacker admitted immediately after Georgia’s 45-31 win over Nebraksa in the Capital One Bowl that he intends to turn enter the NFL draft.

“Yeah, it was my last game,” Ogletree said after his 13-tackle performance Tuesday. “I’m just glad we were able to win because I know what kind of talent is on this team. This was the last game for a lot of guys on this team, a lot of seniors, and we all wanted to go out with a W. It’s tough to have to go out now, but I feel like it was the right decision for me.”

Ogletree goes out with a bang. In addition to his game-high tackle total, Ogletree forced and recovered a critical fumble when the game was tied in the third quarter, registered three tackles for losses and had a sack and two other quarterback hurries.

Despite missing four games of the season for violating UGA’s marijuana-use policy, the 6-foot-3, 232-pound middle linebacker led the Bulldogs with 111 tackles. That’s an average of 11.1 per game.

“He’s a dynamic player who can be a special inside ‘backer at the next level; that’s why we moved him there,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “He’s a guy who can play tight coverage, he’s a good blitzer and he’s a special player. His future’s very bright and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Asked what he’ll miss most about Georgia, Ogletree motioned to his teammates sitting around him during postgame interviews.

“Just the brotherhood we share here, from the fans, the coaches, the players, everybody,” Ogletree said. “Everything about it, really. I had a great time while I was here. But I’m excited to move on and see some new things.

“Of course there are some things I wish I could take back. But, you know, overall I feel like I had a great time here at Georgia and I’m going to cherish that ‘til I die. . . . It’s a family here and I’m always going to be part of it.”

Jones breaks record without knowing it

Jarvis Jones managed to break David Pollack’s school record for sacks in the season without laying a hand on the quarterback. So it’s understandable that he had no idea he’d achieved the milestone when he was informed of that fact in the postgame press conference.

Asked how it felt to set the new mark, Jones, asked incredulously, “Did I break it?”

“I didn’t even know that,” Jones said, laughing now. “So I’ve got the sack record? I didn’t even know. Thank you. That’s great.”

Jones, a junior and two-time All-American, came in needing two sacks to break Pollack’s mark set in 2002. The first came when a scrambling Martinez chose to slide down as Jones came running up out of a coverage assignment.

The record came with about one minute left in the first half when Martinez was called for intentional grounding. Jones wasn’t very close but was the nearest Georgia player to him, so he was awarded a sack.

That gave Jones 14.5 sacks for the season, more than any Georgia player in history. Two of Jones’ eight tackles were also tackles for loss, giving him 24.5 for the season. That also broke Pollack’s record of 23.5. Jones, who missed two games with injuries, finishes the season with 85 tackles and 168 in two seasons.

Draft analysts have the redshirt junior from Columbus as a consensus top five NFL pick in April.

Geathers still undecided

Noseguard Kwame Geathers said he still hasn’t made up his mind about making the jump to the pros. The 6-foot-6, 355-pound redshirt junior made his fifth start of the season on Tuesday, finishing with three tackles.

“I’m still undecided,” Geathers said. “I’ve got to go back home and talk to my family, spend some time with my mom, dad, brothers and talk to my coaches, too. I don’t know if it’ll go to the 15th or not, but I want to hurry us and make my decision. The quicker you make it the better it is.”

It should be noted that very few in the Geathers family have completed their college eligibility, including brothers Robert and Clifton Geathers, both of whom currently play in the NFL.

Malcolm Mitchell knocked out

Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was knocked out of Tuesday’s game early in the first quarter and did not return in the game.

Mitchell was in his normal position as the Bulldogs’ primary kick returner when Nebraska had to kick after giving up a safety. Mitchell bit hard on the return by Nebraska defensive Charles Jackson. Mitchell popped up immediately after the play but never returned. Later it was announced he’d suffered a concussion.

hett McGowan and Justin Scott-Wesley found themselves much more involved as a result of Mitchell’s absence. The two role players combined for 6 catches and 107 yards in their most offensive action of the season.

“You’ve just got to go out and prepare like you’re a starter,” said Scott-Wesley, who had three catches for 67 yards. “Coach (Tony) Ball tells us that all the time. Anything can happen. So I just try to be the best teammate I can be and just make plays when the time comes.”

Keith Marshall starts at TB

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo hinted this past weekend that the Bulldogs’ had a “Marshall Plan” for Nebraska. Sure enough, the freshman tailback Keith Marshall got his first career start on Tuesday.

Marshall ran the ball several times out of the “Wildcat” formation and scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray. But once again it was Todd Gurley who carried the rushing load. The freshman tailback led the Bulldogs with 125 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. Marshall had 8 attempts for 36 yards

Gurley had started the last 11 games for the Bulldogs. He finishes with 1,385 yards, second-only to Herschel Walker (1,616) as a true freshman and Georgia’s sixth best single-season rushing overall.

Etc. . . .

The Bulldogs’ first score came on a safety after safety Shawn Williams blocked a punt early in the first quarter. It was the second bowl in a row Georgia started off with a safety. Brandon Boykin tackled a receiver in his own end zone last year in the Outback Bowl. Williams finished his last game had 11 tackles but once again declined interviews after the game. . . . After all the talk of braving pain and the risk of further injury, Abry Jones didn’t end up playing at all in Tuesday’s game. In fact, the senior defensive end did not dress out. . . . Georgia’s 45 points were a bowl record, beating the old mark of 44 over Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl. The six touchdowns tied the school record also set in 2009 and at the 1942 Orange Bowl. . . . The Bulldogs scored at least 40 points for the eighth time this season.

70 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

Max Sizemore

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

We’ll see what kind of coach Grantham is next season.

Granthams The Man!

January 1st, 2013
8:23 pm

Great Victory! Way to end the season.

Time to get ready for the next one and bring in a few more Bue Chip Recruits.

Go Dawgs!!!

Matthews Dawg

January 1st, 2013
8:25 pm

Great Win! We will miss Ogletree, Jarvis and all the seniors! After a slow start Aaron Murray did a great job! Haters give it a rest! Go Dawgs!!

Bill

January 1st, 2013
8:25 pm

@ Max We saw that this entire year. , , Not good!!!!!!!!!!

Fidlin1

January 1st, 2013
8:31 pm

A fun and crazy season for our Dogs.Thank’s guy’s , enjoy the win. Now let’s take care of the recruiting end of the game.How many days til 2013 kickoff?

NYC Dawg

January 1st, 2013
8:34 pm

Great Win. Great Season. Victories over UF, UT, AU and GT, plus a bowl win, and a Top 10 (maybe Top 5) finish. Great Year.

Cohutta Dawgman

January 1st, 2013
8:35 pm

Thanks Tree. We’ll miss you. DGD

ARdawg

January 1st, 2013
8:39 pm

Good Luck Tree! DGD

Dawglasville

January 1st, 2013
8:43 pm

Very good season. All of the Murray/Bobo/Richt haters can kiss off.

Grantham… I would like to see a little more from him than just crazy jazz hands. In the big games, the defense showed up against UF and that is it. Maybe a fresh start with some new guys will help.

Delbert D.

January 1st, 2013
8:44 pm

“We’ll see what kind of coach Grantham is next season.”

Probably will, but where? Buffalo? Cleveland? Athens?

Sailor dawg

January 1st, 2013
8:46 pm

Get that money Tree. Next man up. Go dawgs. This is the state of Georgia we got talent for days.

Seriously?

January 1st, 2013
8:52 pm

Good luck at the next level Tree, you will always be a DGD.

L.A. BULLDAWG

January 1st, 2013
9:00 pm

GOOD LUCK ALEC OGLETREE, AND JARVIS JONES, ON YOUR CAREERS AT THE NEXT LEVEL! IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WATCHING YOU TWO GUYS PERFORM!! THIS IS “BIG BOY” FOOTBALL, NOW! STAY FOCUSED, AND HUMBLE! MONEY CHANGES THE BEST OF US! BUT, YOUR UGA EXPERIENCE WILL GUIDE YOU!

dawglova

January 1st, 2013
9:16 pm

Good luck tree. Just stay out of trouble. Gonna be a stud in the league

Dawg Talk

January 1st, 2013
9:16 pm

Thanks for all the great memories Tree! Best of luck in the future!!!!!!

Tree

January 1st, 2013
9:19 pm

Good luck in the NFL Tree! I watched you kick ass in high school and college, so I know you will be a monster on Sundays in the NFL! You are a great player to watch, because you give it all on every play. IMO You are much better than Tao from Notre Dame.

Dawgs, great job staying after it for all 4 qtrs. This will go down as one of the best teams in UGA History!

If I have anything negative, I would say that the UGA coaches need to trust their players a little more and stop micro managing so much on EVERY SINGLE PLAY. This team had seasoned upper classmen running the offense and the defense, so I think they can handle a couple of no huddle plays in a row without sideline management. I’ve seen it over and over cause GA not to be ready when the other team is snapping the ball. It happened a couple of times today and resulted in big offensive plays for Nebraska. If the coaches had not been micro managing Murray on the no spike play against Bama, we probably would have been playing for a NC next Monday.

The replay clearly shows Murray running down the field motioning to spike the ball and was called off by the coaches. Point being… Murray, a seasoned QB, instinctively new what to do in that situation and should not have even been expected to look toward the side line, but just do it. Coaches, give the players some responsibility to make some decisions on their own. I’m going out on a limb here, but this micro managing might be why Murray, who is such a great talent, struggles mentally in the big games. He has no confidence to lead his team, because the coaches have not instilled that in him with this micro managing.

Also, stop rotating players in and out on defense so much. Hell, they use more energy running on and off the field every other play.

Great Season DAWGS!

kybodawg

January 1st, 2013
9:33 pm

after watchin lsu last night i have agreater appreaction for bobo and murrary. if murrary leaves i hope mason is a lot better than metenberger.

Hank Hill

January 1st, 2013
9:53 pm

Good luck, Tree.

Snoop Dawg

January 1st, 2013
10:12 pm

Nobody’s gonna miss pothead Ogletree… He let down his team big time…

Music City Dawg

January 1st, 2013
10:17 pm

Best wishes to Alec Ogletree on your NFL career. And thank you for your tremendous contribution as a Bulldog – you’ll be missed !!!

Larry

January 1st, 2013
10:19 pm

The jury is still grossly undecided about Todd Grantham. Seriously, can one expect a better collection of talented starters on a defense that may place 3 or 4 NFL first rounders yet were pelted like walk on freshman by all the big boys and not so big boys like Kentucky?

Put differently, how would these same defensive starters have perferformed under Kirby Smart and his demanding perfectionist, Nick Saban?

OkieDawg

January 1st, 2013
10:20 pm

“Mitchell bit hard on the return by Nebraska defensive Charles Jackson. Mitchell popped up immediately after the play but never returned. Later it was announced he’d suffered a concussion.”

What did he bite that caused a concussion? Is it just me or is something missing in reporting?”

Dr J

January 1st, 2013
10:21 pm

Hey Chip…did Aaron let some info slip out in the post game?

bitter "spoiled recruit"

January 1st, 2013
10:28 pm

@spoopdawg—-shut up troll—————–OAK-TREE good luck and play hard at the next level

——-ya daws have made us dog lovers proud again

——————————-jarvis too——————best of luck——THANKS FOR THIS FOOTBALL YEAR

gator15

January 1st, 2013
10:33 pm

Jaws will be jacked in Jax!

Come on man

January 1st, 2013
10:38 pm

What a great game and a great season. I am very proud of these guys…..FYI, Not sure if you caught it, but David Andrews broke his ankle. He was on our flight home tonight and for sure it is broken. Aaron Murray was on his way to NewOrleans tonight to attend some kind of award ceremony. His play reminded me of the way Matt Stafford played his last game against Michigan State. His head wasnt in it until later in the game, almost like he knows this is his last game.

Bulldawg Rick

January 1st, 2013
11:18 pm

Best to you Alec!! seems like a year ago you came in off the left edge to block a winning FG try by Grayson to send Newnan farther into the playoffs!

DGD all the way!!

Wish the Falcons could get you to stay in the Red & Black!!

sflanagan21

January 2nd, 2013
12:18 am

Good luck at the next level Tree! DGD

GO DAWGS

jlock17

January 2nd, 2013
1:17 am

Alec Ogletree tackles you like he hates your family

clay

January 2nd, 2013
3:46 am

Sure would be nice if ‘Tree fell to the Falcons in the first round. We could use another lineback with spoon and Nicholas

SICK OF HATERS

January 2nd, 2013
5:28 am

241 days to kickoff vs, Clemson GO DAWGS !!!

zbulldawg

January 2nd, 2013
7:27 am

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Thanks Dawg players!!!

January 2nd, 2013
7:27 am

Thank you to ALL of the seniors to only the superstars but the young men that played on the scout team ,support personal, and helped in other capacity .This was a total effort buy everyone.

Dawg Patrol

January 2nd, 2013
7:35 am

Ogletree is definitly a special player. I hope he ends up wearing a Falcon’s uniform.

TCM

January 2nd, 2013
7:35 am

At “Snoop Dawg” – you’re an idiot!! Alec-O was a beast for UGA this year
and will make an impact at the next level.

At “Tree” – very good points you listed. That is what frustrates me when I watch a BOOBOO coached offense, why on every play do they have to look to the sidelines for the play? Surely AM is intelligent enough to be able to read defenses and audilble in certain situations as needed. is he not? And if he’s not then why is he starting?

Alec-O had a great career at UGA and I expect to see him have that “Mike Singletary” impact in the NFL at some point as that’s who he kind of reminds me of. And speaking of Singletary, if SABAN & Co had this same collection of UGA defensive starters, they would have played this past season comparable to the 1985 Bears when they won Superbowl XX. All the opposing teams would have averaged barely 10 points per game had SABAN & Co coached them.

Everything lined up for UGA this year to win it all and they came up short. Not sure if we’re gonna see things line up again like this past season did anytime soon, but we shall see. It still was a good season considering the coaching flaws. This senior class and departing juniors have much to be proud of and we look forward to seeing them succeed on Sundays at the next level!!

Go Dawgs!!

SEC Fan

January 2nd, 2013
7:41 am

Called it,….AM is gone too.

John

January 2nd, 2013
8:03 am

Defence loaded with “NFL” talent obviously isn’t end all to beat all. All it got us was inconsistentcy and the ability to get drug up and down the field when we needed to win the SEC championship game. Wishing you guys leaving the best, but let’s don’t forget, we have talent left and maybe guys who show up for every game

Jason in Gainesville

January 2nd, 2013
8:04 am

Snoop Dawg, with a name like that, you sure have a lot of nerve calling Ogletree a pothead. Wake up, dipshit, we won every game he was out for and it didn’t matter at all.

Just Asking?

January 2nd, 2013
8:19 am

What do you want to bet that the coaching staff is as busy as they can be on the new recruits, many of whom are enrolling this semester?

hornblowermg

January 2nd, 2013
8:33 am

A.Ogletree will suprise a lot of people in the pros with how fast he is to go with his strength. He always keeps his feet moving, which any player must do to be optimally effective. I will look forward to watching him with whichever team is fortunate to get him and/or Jarvis Jones. Thank you, men.

Chris Mike

January 2nd, 2013
9:27 am

Out of all the guys that are going to the NFL, I think tree will be the hardest one to replace. J. Jenkins will someday be as good as J. Jones if not next year, but who could fill that side line to side line speed of the ILB. I can tell you right now NFL scouts are going to be in love with you ability.Good Luck at the next level.

jalex49

January 2nd, 2013
9:27 am

Awesome game! Congradulations on the win. To those that came back, thanks.. and to all the players that played for Georgia it’s been a great seasonand as a fan, I’m very proud of what you have done for the University of Georgia, yourselves, and the fan base on a national level.

I want the best for all the seniors and juniors that may leave whatever their endeavor may be and may their future be bright… thanks for being a “Dawg”.

I am proud for Coach Richt and the coaching staff for putting the guys in a position for success. I hope the recruits in-coming and those considering Georgia really look at the team hard and how they can be a valuable part of the continuing success of Georgia.

To Tramel Terry- don’t worry you are a Dawg and Georgia will honor their committment to you. The Georgia coaching staff will not let you down!

Again to all the players thanks and God bless ! Great win!

UGA Insider

January 2nd, 2013
9:38 am

AJ Green was in the house yesterday! In his #8 jersey as well.

The Dogfather

January 2nd, 2013
9:45 am

We are gonna cluck flemson up…….

mgdawg

January 2nd, 2013
9:52 am

Ogletree going pro is no shock at all, and I can’t blame him. I’m kind of happy he’s going to be gone, UGA has gotten rid of a lot of the bad apples and him and Rambo being gone will help out the locker room. Don’t get me wrong, as an athlete and player he is great, but he is very selfish with his actions off the field.

As for Geather’s, I really can’t imagine why he would turn pro. He’s a backup at UGA and hasn’t lived up to his hype. Teams have ran up the middle on UGA all year, jon Jenkins hasn’t lived up to the hype either, which is supposed to be one of the main jobs as a nose guard in the 3-4. He could really benefit from one more year at UGA and being the starter at nose guard. Maybe with more playing time he could live up to the hype.

As much as people want to talk bad about murray, he lost his top WR twice this year and in this game lost his top wr again. And he was still able to put up record numbers. He isn’t a great QB, but he is a very good one.

Jborodawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:14 am

Good luck to Tree, the juniors who are ‘turning’, and to all the seniors! You’re all DGDs!

I agree that Geathers could use another year; but pro scouts might disagree. I also think Murray could use another year; and again, the scouts will probably disagree.

Goooo Dawgs! Woof woof woof woof woof!

Z Dawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:16 am

Max Sizemore, I bet you, the glass is always half full in your household.

Jborodawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:22 am

I think those of you still bad-mouthing CMB are off base. We set offensive records; what more do you want? On the other hand, the D got gashed again, more or less, and not lining up ready to play is hard to fathom, especially after a time out.

I agree it can be a little unnerving sometimes watching Murray look to the sidelines every dang play when they’re lined up…and the clock ticking. But, it’s worked almost all year.

DawgTeam

January 2nd, 2013
11:58 am

What a great team effort. I did not see any loafing by anyone the entire game. We believe you now when you the players say this team is very close.