ALEC OGLETREE

Outside/Inside Linebacker

University of Georgia Bulldogs

#9

6:02.4-242

Newnan, Georgia

Newnan High School

 

OVERVIEW

One of potentially nine Bulldog defensive players that could be selected by teams on draft day, Ogletree is not only considered the top middle linebacker prospect in the draft pool by many of those organizations, but several squads have also been coveting him as a potential strong-side outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. Ogletree’s thoughts on where he lines up next season are similar to those of the player featured it John Fogerty’s son, “Centerfield” (put me in coach, I’m ready to play).

 

Just stepping on the playing field is all that matters to this tackling machine. He began his Georgia as a strong safety, having been recruited after starring as a free safety, wide receiver, tight end and outside linebacker during his career at Newnan High School. After his freshman season with the Bulldogs, he bulked up and switched to weak-side inside linebacker in 2011.

 

Ogletree remained at that position during his junior campaign, but was often moved to the outside linebacker spot during the first half of the 2012 schedule while All-American Jarvis Jones was sidelined due to several injuries. Despite playing a variety of roles, he still managed to lead the team in tackles last season with a career-high 111 tackles, making a triumphant return to the gridiron after a broken foot in the 2011 season opener vs. Boise State sidelined him for the next six contests.

 

Like most Georgia Bulldogs, Ogletree comes from a strong prep program, as Newnan High School head coach Mike McDonald is one of the most respected in the prep ranks. At Newnan High, Ogletree was their best athlete, one who possessed the body (then 6:03, 215) of a linebacker, but the skills to play safety. He proved to opposing quarterbacks that he could cover a lot of ground at safety because of his great range and very good instincts.

 

As a sophomore in 2007, Ogletree excelled on special teams, where he had six blocked punts and returned one for a touchdown. Given starting duties on defense the following year, the junior recorded 75 tackles with three interceptions and blocked six punts. He asked to have his responsibilities increased as a senior and the coaches complied, placing him on both sides of the ball.

 

Ogletree would capitalize on those extra duties to earn Under Armour, USA Today and Parade Magazine All-American honors in 2009. He was added to the Sporting News Top 100 squad, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11, Super Prep Elite 50 and All-Dixie teams, in addition to being selected to the Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team. He was named Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, to the All-Decade Team and received All-State first-team unanimous accolades.

 

Ogletree was also selected by the Georgia Sports Writers Association as the state’s Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year. He was rated the second-best safety in the nation by MaxPreps.com and that service’s 29th-best overall prospect. ESPN also rated him 29th-best in the high school ranks and the country’s fourth-best safety. He received a five-star prospect ranking from Scout.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the third-best outside linebacker nationally, seventh-best player in the South and 22nd-best overall player nationally.

 

From Rivals.com, Ogletree was called a four-star prospect and third-best safety nationally, ranking 40th overall on the Rivals100 squad. He was named to the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and chosen Newnan Times-Herald County Player of the Year. He would conclude his prep career by playing in the Georgia North-South High School All-Star game. Away from the gridiron, he was a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash and the 4×100 relay and long jumped for the Cougars.

 

The three-year starter for Newnan High, he helped the team compile a 37-4 record during his career, as the team made the GHSA state semifinals twice. He blocked a field goal with five seconds to go and caught the winning touchdown pass during Newnan’s 9-7 win over Grayson in the 2009 GHSA playoffs. He finished the 2009 season with 85 tackles, including five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks. He also recorded 33 receptions for 633 yards and five touchdowns on offense.

 

Ogletree signed his national letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia on February 3rd, 2010, turning down scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech. His twin brother, Alexander, also signed with Georgia, where he presently competes as a fullback. Genetics aside, the Ogletree brothers aren’t much alike, though.

 

Alexander is about two minutes older than his fraternal twin, Alec. He’s talkative and a bit of a neat freak who was a surprise addition to Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class. Alec is soft-spoken – a highly coveted prospect who is significantly bigger than his brother. The Ogle-tree brothers played on different sides of the line at Georgia, but continued to live under the same roof, just like at home in Newnan.

 

“It’s a blessing to be able to play with your brother,” Alec Ogletree said. “It’s great to be able to have somebody to share this experience with. It’s really good to have somebody you’re comfortable with that you can turn to and talk with. It’s just a real blessing for us and our family.” Alexander goes by “Zander” to his teammates and coaches.

 

He’s a 5-foot-10, 207-pound fullback with an outgoing personality who has been over-shadowed on the football field by his more reserved brother. But away from the field, Alexander is the one who overshadows his sibling. “It helps having him here because I’m a lot more into myself and he’s out there,” Alec Ogletree said. “He’s kind of the life of the party, talking and getting to know everybody. Me, I like to stay in the background, so it helps having him take some of the attention off of me.”

 

Alec was one of the most highly recruited defensive backs in the nation with a laundry list of postseason honors on his resume. Known as “Tree,” he made an almost immediate impact in preseason camp with an interception in his first scrimmage back in 2010. Yet his quiet demeanor is in sharp contrast to his brother.

 

“I’ve always been the hype guy, the one with the smile on my face,” Alexander Ogletree said. “But with him, he’s always been serious. He’s always thinking and a lot more quiet. He’s a guy who you don’t really know he’s there because he doesn’t have much to say.”

 

The Ogletree brothers seemed destined for separate colleges throughout much of the recruiting process. Alec accepted an offer from Georgia early. Alexander had an offer from Florida State and thought he would become a Seminole when Newnan lost 29-24 to North-side-Warner Robins in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.

 

“That was a heart-breaking loss and I didn’t figure Georgia would offer me after we’d lost,” Alexander Ogletree said. “But then I heard they were still interested in me and when (coach Mark) Richt called that next day with the offer, I couldn’t wait to take it.”

 

Alec handled with the lofty expectations in preseason camp by making a serious push for playing time in a young secondary. Alexander played fullback and, despite his smallish size, turned heads at practice with his blocks and the intangibles he brings to the team.

“I know Alec had more accolades coming into this thing,” head coach Mark Richt said, when he first saw the brothers in 2010 fall camp. “But if you talk to the team and the coaches and everything, they say, ‘You’ve got a gem in Zander.’ Alec is obvious. But Zander is a good football player in his own right and a glue guy. He’s just tough and physical. He’s already made some blocks that … wow.”

 

The Ogletree brothers might carry personality and physical differences, but they’re alike in their enthusiasm for Georgia and their hard-working attitude. Alec started camp wanting to prove the hype is true. Alexander started camp to prove he can stand on his own feet as a Southeastern Conference-caliber player.

 

Richt was been so impressed with them that he rescheduled a Saturday scrimmage so they could go home to attend their sister’s wedding. “I think it’s great, it’s great for their family,” Richt said. “I know their mom and dad are excited to be able to go to one venue and watch their kids play at the state university. Those guys are very close. They’re both very tough football players. They’re ball players. They’re no-nonsense-type football players.”

 

An off-field incident even before he played a game at Georgia led to Ogletree being suspended for the season opener vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, but he would go on to play in twelve games, starting five at strong safety. He produced 34 tackles during his first season as a Bulldog, earning a spot on the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman team selected by the league’s coaches. In his first career start, he blocked a punt in the Idaho clash.

 

His sophomore season began with him switching to inside linebacker, but he broke a bone in his foot vs. Boise State, missing the next six games. He returned vs. Florida, starting eight times while posting 52 tackles with three sacks and 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

 

In 2012, Ogletree started ten games, starting nine contests after returning from a four-game suspension to start the season (team rules violation). His return was sorely needed, as Jarvis Jones was limited due to several injuries, leaving a huge leadership void that Ogletree was more than willing to fill. Despite not playing until the team’s fifth game, he paced the Bulldogs with 111 tackles, coming up with three sacks, 11.5 stops-for-loss and nine pressures.

 

Shortly after Georgia defeated Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Ogletree wasted no time revealing his NFL decision. The Bulldogs’ leading tackler said that he was giving up his final season of eligibility to enter the draft. “This is my last game,” Ogletree said of his college career. “It’s a tough decision, but I felt like it was the right one for me to do based on just where I may go and the amount of risk it is to come back. I talked to my parents and let God lead me in the right way.”

 

Ogletree knew Georgia’s bowl game would be his last before the Bulldogs kicked off vs. Nebraska. “I knew after talking over the (Christmas) break and talking to everybody I needed to talk to get the right decision,” said Ogletree. He had 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and made a sack on his final play as a Bulldog. “It was very important for us to come out today and get the win and send the seniors out the right way,” said Ogletree, who finished the season with 111 tackles in just 10 games. “With this being my last game, I wanted to go out with a win, too.”

 

 

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had high praise for his departing middle linebacker.

“He’s a pretty dynamic inside linebacker,” said Grantham. “He’s a guy that can go sideline to sideline. I love the guy. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I’d do anything in the world for him because he’s really laid it on the line for us.”

 

From a 215-pound safety to a 242-pound linebacker, Ogletree has become a big, strong, physical athlete with a V-shaped torso, thick chest, broad shoulders, muscular arms, large hands, good bubble, thick thighs and calves. He does everything the coaches ask, is a workout warrior and pushes others when they see his work ethic. He has good field smarts and is quick to see and read plays, especially the run.

 

The linebacker shows quick reaction to what he sees in front of him and he is rarely caught out of position. He can lay back and play centerfield with good timing to make the play on the ball. He has good timing ability on his leaps going for the ball, showing good arm extension to get to the pigskin at its high point. He also has outstanding range, doing a very good job of covering ground in a hurry.

 

Ogletree is quick to support vs. the run, showing good explosion when closing. His possible venture to outside linebacker in the pro ranks is because of his short area pass coverage skills. As a former safety, he has the experience, height and speed to match up against any tight end, running back or receiver. He is a big hitter who can blow opponents up if he’s on track, as he does a good job of breaking down, facing up and wrapping.

 

Ogletree keeps things in front of him in zone coverage, showing very good range and takes proper angles in pursuit. He is quick to step up and plug the rush lanes, showing a good feel for the support lanes and will generally take good angles to get to the ball. His good strength allows for him to display explosive hitting ability.

 

The linebacker uses his hands effectively to shed blocks and will not hesitate to throw himself into the pile to sniff out the ball. As evident by his twelve stops behind the line of scrimmage and nine QB pressures as a junior, he is an excellent blitzer who can come off the edge with explosion or use his club and rip moves to shed, stack and control to shoot the inside gaps.

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Ogletree started 22-of-30 games for Georgia – seventeen at weak-side inside linebacker and five at strong safety…Recorded 197 tackles (129 solos) with six sacks for minus 43 yards, 20.0 stops for losses of 74 yards and fifteen quarterback pressures…Deflected eight passes and intercepted another…Blocked a punt, caused four fumbles and recovered two others.

 

2012 SEASON

Ogletree was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice by The NFL Draft Report, earning third-team honors from Phil Steele…Named one of the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Players.Returned from a four-game suspension to start nine of the ten contests he appeared in, leading the team with a career-high 111 tackles (63 solos) that included three sacks for minus 18 yards, 11.5 stops for losses of 39 yards and nine quarterback pressures…Did not play in enough games to qualify nationally, but his average of 11.1 tackles per game was third-best in the league and eighth-best in the Football Bowl Sub-division ranks…Led the team in tackles in each of his final six appearances, including coming up with thirteen tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery vs. Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl….Registered eleven tackles, including one for a loss vs. Alabama in the SEC Championship Game…Paced the team with fifteen tackles vs. Georgia Tech, a team-high in 2012…Registered twelve tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Georgia Southern…Posted ten tackles (nine solo) at Auburn…Led the team with eleven tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss vs. Ole Miss, as he lso recorded an interception. For his performance, was named CFPA Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week…Was in on six tackles vs. Florida, adding a team-high 11 tackles at Kentucky and eight tackles at South Carolina…Also credited with fourteen tackles vs. Tennessee.

 

2011 SEASON

Ogletree earned one of the team’s David Jacobs Awards as a player who, by example, portrays courage, spirit, character and determination…Appeared in eight games making eight starts at weak-side inside linebacker, where he recorded 52 tackles (41 solos), including 7.5 stops for losses of 32 yards, three sacks for minus 25 yards sand six QB pressures…Also forced three fumbles…Suffered a broken foot in season opener vs. Boise State and missed the next six games…In Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State, he recorded a team-best thirteen tackles including a two for losses and two pass deflections…In the SEC Championship vs. Louisiana State, he led his team with six tackles including a 17-yard sack…Paced the Bulldogs with a season-best eleven tackles, including 10 solo stops, at Georgia Tech…Led the team with eight tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage vs. Kentucky…Added six tackles including two for loss and a forced fumble vs. Auburn…*Recorded five tackles and a forced fumble vs. Florida.

 

2010 SEASON

Ogletree was named to the Southeastern Conference Freshman team by the league’s coaches, as he would start five second half games while appearing in twelve contests as a strong safety…Finished with 34 tackles (25 solos) that included a stop for a 3-yard loss and one pass deflection…Also earned the team’s Newcomer of the Year Award on defense…Made a season-high ten tackles, with seven solo stops at Auburn.>started for the first time at strong safety vs. Idaho, responding with three tackles, a pass break-up and blocked a punt…Earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction for the summer semester.

 

OFF-FIELD ISSUES

As a freshman in 2010, suspended one game (season opener) following a misdemeanor arrest for theft-by-taking (charged by UGA Police in connection with mid-June theft of a motor-scooter helmet, valued at $35, outside a campus building).

As a junior in 2012, he suspended for the first four games for violating unspecified team rules.

In February of 2013, he was arrested and charged for DUI in Arizona.

 

INJURY REPORT

2011 Season…Ogletree missed six games with a broken bone in his right foot that he suffered late in the first quarter of the season-opener vs. Boise State. The linebacker underwent surgery shortly after the game.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.70 in the 40-yard dash…1.62 10-yard dash…2.64 20-yard dash…4.39 20-yard shuttle…

7.16 three-cone drill…33 ½-inch vertical jump…10’2” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…33 ½-inch arm length…10-inch hands…79-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Newnan (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike McDonald…

As a sophomore in 2007, Ogletree excelled on special teams, where he had six blocked punts and returned one for a touchdown…Given starting duties on defense the following year, the junior recorded 75 tackles with three interceptions and blocked six punts…He earned Under Armour, USA Today and Parade Magazine All-American honors in 2009…

Added to the Sporting News Top 100 squad, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11, Super Prep Elite 50 and All-Dixie teams, in addition to being selected to the Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team…Named Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, to the All-Decade Team and received All-State first-team unanimous accolades…Also selected by the Georgia Sports Writers Association as the state’s Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year…Was rated the second-best safety in the nation by MaxPreps.com and that service’s 29th-best overall prospect. ESPN also rated him 29th-best in the high school ranks and the country’s fourth-best safety…Received a five-star prospect ranking from Scout.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the third-best outside linebacker nationally, seventh-best player in the South and 22nd-best overall player nationally…Rated a four-star prospect and third-best safety nationally, ranking 40th overall on the Rivals100 squad…Named to the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and chosen Newnan Times-Herald County Player of the Year…Concluded his prep career by playing in the Georgia North-South High School All-Star game…The three-year starter for Newnan High helped the team compile a 37-4 record during his career, as the team made the GHSA state semifinals twice…Blocked a field goal with five seconds to go and caught the winning touchdown pass during Newnan’s 9-7 win over Grayson in the 2009 GHSA playoffs…Finished the 2009 season with 85 tackles, including five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks…Also recorded 33 receptions for 633 yards and five touchdowns…Was a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash and the 4×100 relay and long jumped for the Cougars.

 

PERSONAL

Human Development & Family Science…Twin brother of teammate Alexander Ogletree, a fullback for the University of Georgia…Born 9/25/91…Resides in Newnan, Georgia.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 12 05 034 025 009  00  00  0-0  01.0-03   01  0.0-00    00
2011 08 08 052 041 011  00  03  0-0  07.5-32   02  3.0-25    06
2012 10 09 111 063 048  02  01  1-0  11.5-39   05  3.0-18    09
TOTAL 30 22 197 129 068  02  04  1-0  20.0-74   08  6.0-43    15

 

OGLETREE GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Buffalo 09/01/12 Buffalo 45-23

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 09/08/12 at Missouri 41-20

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fla. Atlantic 09/15/12 Fla. Atlantic 56-20

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/22/12 Vanderbilt 48-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/29/12 Tennessee 51-44

Yes

0

0

0

8

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/06/12 at South Carolina 7-35

Yes

0

0

0

5

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/20/12 at Kentucky 29-24

Yes

0

0

0

8

3

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/27/12 Florida 17-9

Yes

0

0

0

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/03/12 Ole Miss 37-10

Yes

1

0

0

6

5

0

2

7

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/10/12 at Auburn 38-0

Yes

0

0

0

1

9

0

2

11

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

Ga. Southern 11/17/12 Ga. Southern 45-14

Yes

0

0

0

5

7

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/24/12 Georgia Tech 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

5

10

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 12/01/12 Alabama 28-32

Yes

0

0

0

2

9

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska 01/01/13 Nebraska 45-31

Yes

0

0

0

4

9

0

3

9

0

1

6

0

1

2

0

Season Totals

1

0

0

48

63

1

11

39

0

3

18

5

1

2

0

 

Totals vs.

Date

Opponent

Score

Played
In Game

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Boise St. 09/03/11 Boise St. 21-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/10/11 South Carolina 42-45

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Coastal Caro. 09/17/11 Coastal Caro. 59-0

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 09/24/11 at Ole Miss 27-13

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/01/11 Mississippi St. 24-10

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/08/11 at Tennessee 20-12

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/15/11 at Vanderbilt 33-28

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/29/11 Florida 24-20

Yes

2

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

New Mexico St. 11/05/11 New Mexico St. 63-16

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/12/11 Auburn 45-7

Yes

2

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Kentucky 11/19/11 Kentucky 19-10

Yes

3

5

0

2

5

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/26/11 at Georgia Tech 31-17

Yes

1

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 12/03/11 at LSU 10-42

Yes

1

5

0

1

17

0

1

17

0

0

0

0

Michigan St. 01/02/12 Michigan St. 30-33

Yes

1

12

0

2

7

0

1

6

2

0

0

0

Season Totals

11

41

1

7

32

0

3

25

2

2

1

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

La.-Lafayette 09/04/10 La.-Lafayette 55-7

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/11/10 at South Carolina 6-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/18/10 Arkansas 24-31

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/25/10 at Mississippi St. 12-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 10/02/10 at Colorado 27-29

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/09/10 Tennessee 41-14

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/16/10 Vanderbilt 43-0

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/23/10 at Kentucky 44-31

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/30/10 Florida 31-34

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho St. 11/06/10 Idaho St. 55-7

Yes

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Auburn 11/13/10 at Auburn 31-49

Yes

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/27/10 Georgia Tech 42-34

Yes

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

UCF 12/31/10 UCF 6-10

Yes

0

5

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

8

26

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

 

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