Oct. 27, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- It's been six weeks since linebacker Alec Ogletree has played a down for Georgia. After a broken foot in the first quarter of the Boise State game brought Ogletree to the sidelines, the sophomore from Newnan is ready to make his return on Saturday against Florida.
"I am very excited about the game, and that's not just because it's this game but every game," Ogletree said. "I've been out for six weeks, and there's just been a buildup of adrenaline for me. I'm just trying to get back and play."
After knocking some of the rust off, his excitement to be back could be seen on the practice field, as his hype and energy after making a tackle had Ogletree jumping.
"It just kind of looked like that because I'm the only guy out there with fresh legs," Ogletree said with a laugh. "Everybody else has been playing the whole season. I'm the only one who came back with fresh legs, so it might have looked like I had more excitement than them."
Ogletree will look to build off of a successful freshman campaign. Playing safety, he totaled 34 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass break-up and the team's only blocked kick. Ogletree was named to the SEC Coaches' All-SEC Freshmen Team.
"I'm going to try to go out there and play just like I've been doing in the past," he said. "I'm not going to try to make every play, but just make the plays that I can."
The addition of Ogletree will only improve Georgia's linebacking unit. Mike Gilliard leads the team in tackles with 44 after recording a career-high 12 against Tennessee, while Jarvis Jones ranks first with 16 quarterback hurries, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks. Amarlo Herrera and Christian Robinson have made their marks too, as Herrera has one of the team's seven forced fumbles and Robinson has four tackles for loss for a total of 27 yards.
"I learned a lot from them," Ogletree said of the players who stepped up during his time out. "In the summer, they came in with us and were practicing well and preparing just like the rest of us. When they stepped in, I wasn't too worried about them not being able to do anything. With that being said, you have a lot of guys on the depth chart that can step in at any time when we need them to play."
Although Ogletree is excited to play again on Saturday, he knows he has things to accomplish before then.
"I'm just trying to get back in the flow of things as far as conditioning and trying to jell with the team," Ogletree said. "For the most part, though, I think I have come back pretty well."