Nov. 6, 2012
ATHENS ---- While offense and defense are polar opposites on the football field, for Georgia the two sides of the ball have one thing in common. The impact of one of the Ogletree brothers.
Twin brothers Alec and Zander Ogletree both played significant roles in the fifth ranked Bulldogs 37-10 win against Mississippi this past Saturday in Athens.
The contribution of Zander will potentially be the more memorable of the two brothers, as he scored his first career touchdown on an 8-yard rush that put Georgia up 28-10.
“He said all week he was going to score a touchdown,” Alec said. “I was like ‘OK we’ll see’ and he did. I’m happy for him. He bided his time to get in there and show what he can do and now he’s taking advantage of it.”
Zander finished with 12 yards receiving on two catches as well as the eight rushing yards from the one attempt.
“Fullbacks don’t get to touch the ball that much, so you’ve got to make the best of what you get,” Zander said. “Once I touched the ball I was excited, I saw the formation of the defense and I was ready to go.”
Alec also managed to put together an impressive stat sheet, recording 11 tackles, one sack and an interception. The junior linebacker also made the telling contribution on a safety the Bulldogs forced.
After missing the first four games of the season Alec has gone about making up for that lost time as he now ranks fourth for the Bulldogs in total tackles with 50.
“The game can be taken away just like that in any situation. I’m glad to be back out there and just ready to keep moving forward,” Alec said. “I feel like the past few weeks, as a defense, everybody has just been trying to gel back together and we’ve been doing a pretty good job of doing that.”
The success of the two brothers has been made even more special by the fact they are doing it on the same team. Having been born just minutes apart, the brothers have played together their entire lives after coming to Georgia from the successful Newnan High School football program.
“It’s fun. We’ve been playing together our whole lives, and we were able to get the opportunity to come to school together and we just want to take the opportunity” Alec said. “It’s been great being able to play with my brother my whole life. “
Zander echoed his brother’s comments as they sat next to each in Georgia’s locker room following the Bulldogs win against the Rebels.
“It felt great. We’ve been playing together since we’ve been growing up,” Zander said. “Just to know both of us are going to be on the field and playing for an SEC team, especially Georgia is good. It just felt good representing the Red and Black.”
The Ogletree’s and Georgia will attempt to clinch the SEC East division this Saturday when they travel to face Auburn in Auburn, Ala. The game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN2.