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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Alec Ogletree moves to inside linebacker

Give Georgia credit for keeping this one a bit under its hat: In a somewhat major personnel change, Alec Ogletree is shifting from safety to inside linebacker.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham announced the move Thursday.

"He's a tall guy. He's got good size, he's got good speed, he can hit," Grantham said of Ogletree, who started the latter part of the 2010 season at safety. "I feel like moving him closer to the ball is going to allow him to make more plays, and be more productive for us."

Ogletree's move also allows Jarvis Jones to play outside linebacker. So that's settled too, apparently.

Grantham also detailed a few other personnel notes:

- Justin Anderson is indeed shifting back to offensive line.

- Dexter Morant and T.J. Stripling, still rehabbing injuries, will not participate in spring practice.

- Cornelius Washington and Ray Drew will compete at the "Will" outside linebacker spot, vacated by Justin Houston's departure to the NFL.

- Christian Robinson, the other inside linebacker, is essentially being made the captain of the defense. Grantham is putting a lot of his trust in the leadership of the junior-to-be.

- As for safety, Grantham said Ogletree's move is "a good opportunity" for Jakar Hamilton. The junior college transfer started several games last year before slipping out of favor. Grantham also mentioned Marc Deas, but you have to imagine some of the incoming recruits will also get a look to play alongside Bacarri Rambo.

I'll have more quotes later from Grantham.


TrboDawg said...

Any mention of Richard Samuel?

Anonymous said...

What does "essentially being made captain of the defense mean"?

Anonymous said...

Hamilton? Seriously? I hate to be negative, but I would actually rather have Bryan Evans back than Hamilton. "Hitman" my ass.

Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of moving Ogletree. I know he's a big guy, but he was showing great range as a safety and could shorten the defense as it'd be harder to throw the long ball with him back there.