Player Spotlight: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia Bulldogs

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 20, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 12:  Alec Ogletree #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs breaks a up a pass intended for Onterio McCalebb #23 of the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As the Georgia Bulldogs kickoff practice this week we figured it was time to turn the player spotlight towards Athens. Instead of hitting the Mr. Everything in Jarvis Jones we turned to another player who should have an All-SEC caliber season, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree.

College football fans know all about Jarvis Jones and how the kid is an absolute monster. He set the pace for the Georgia Bulldogs by getting 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2011. This year Jarvis Jones looks to duplicate that effort and build upon the 2011 success.

There is another player for the Bulldogs who is looking to make 2012 special, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Ogletree had a major coming out party of his own in 2012 as the former top safety recruit transitioned into the linebacker position under coach Todd Grantham. Ogletree did not make nearly as big of a splash as Jones but that was due largely to the the sophomore breaking his foot in the opener against Boise State and being forced to miss the next seven games.

Even with his injury struggle, Ogletree was able to post solid numbers for the Georgia Bulldogs football team; he finished seventh on the team in total tackles but boasted a team leading 6.5 tackles per game average.

The transition from the safety spot that Ogletree played at in high school and as a freshman Georgia Bulldog to the linebacker position that he played at in 2011 is not one that many players make easily. Add to the fact that Ogletree's transition came within the construct of a 3-4 scheme, a pro styled 3-4 scheme, and his ability to grasp the concepts and make plays is quite unique.

In 2012, Georgia Bulldogs fans should expect to see the junior truly grow into his position. He has had an offseason of working out and enters the spring with a working knowledge of the position's demands.

The reaction times should be cut down and that means more plays being made by Ogletree. More plays being made and more plays being made at or behind the line of scrimmage. That spells a positive and is definitely something that Georgia Bulldogs fans can get excited about.

People should definitely look for Alec Ogletree to take some strides this year and play All-SEC and possibly All-American caliber football. This Georgia Bulldogs defense is a unit that is poised to take the big leap into the nation's elite and with Ogletree on the inside and Jarvis Jones on the outside that leap is quite possible.