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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.


matt b. said...

Ok, we've been waiting for 5 years for the next Greg Blue. He comes along, and we move him to ILB?

Grantham knows best, but I want a hard-hitting safety in our starting 11. Not sure if Hamilton is up it.

stevo said...

Jakar is fast and was always around the ball, but obviously he needed to work on his tackling technique. I have complete confidence in coach Grantham and his ability to coach these guys up. Realistically, Blue would have probably made a larger impact in the pros if he was groomed as a linebacker. His body style could have easily carried the extra weight. Just look at Thomas Davis.