Alec Ogletree: Video Highlights for Former Georgia ILB
If you're looking for versatility, football IQ, production and athleticism in a linebacker, look no further than Georgia's Alec Ogletree.
Ogletree made an impression at Georgia from the moment he stepped on campus. He was named the team's Newcomer of the Year as a true freshman for his excellent play at strong safety.
The next season, 2011, Ogletree made the switch to linebacker but suffered a major setback after breaking his foot in the season opener. Despite missing seven games due to the injury, Ogletree managed to accumulate 52 tackles (7.5 for loss) and three sacks.
In 2012, Ogletree missed the first four games due to suspension. The shortened season didn't affect Ogletree, who, in just 10 games, racked up a staggering 111 tackles (11.5 for loss), three sacks and an interception.
Ogletree is a ferocious competitor and sensational athlete, which makes it no surprise that the linebacker is projected to go in the first round of this year's NFL draft.
Sensational Interception Against Ole Miss
If this highlight doesn't get you on the Alec Ogletree bandwagon, I'm not sure what will.
Ogletree is not set at the beginning of this play, which makes the ending all the more spectacular. He quickly drops back in coverage, picking up his assignment, a receiver running a vertical seam route.
Keeping attention on both the quarterback and his man, Ogletree opens up to the inside once he sees the Ole Miss quarterback rolling right. He looks back, sees he has help over the top and releases his man to the safety.
With his body now in perfect position, Ogletree tracks the quarterback while backpedaling in his zone as he anticipates the quarterback's decision.
Once the quarterback releases the ball, Ogletree shows off his speed and athleticism as he jumps and catches the ball at its highest point, securing the interception.
Crushing the Read-Option Against Alabama
The read-option broke onto the NFL scene in 2012, and, given its successful debut, it's unlikely to be leaving anytime soon.
In the SEC championship game against Alabama, Ogletree is lined up on the left side. He immediately reads the H-back, who pulls right as the lead blocker for the read-option, so Ogletree sprints upfield.
Like the H-back, the left guard also pulls right on the play. Ogletree sees this and takes an inward angle. A.J McCarron is reading the opposite end, who blitzes upfield, taking away McCarron's option to run, so the quarterback wisely hands the ball off.
With the pulling guard and H-back, the runner sees a hole opening up. Given the man coverage on the outside, if the runner can break free of the line of scrimmage, he will have endless daylight to run to.
Ogletree, following the pulling blockers, comes across the line of scrimmage and pulls down the runner before he can reach his hole, rendering the play a short gain.
Goal-Line Stand and Forced Fumble Against Alabama
Trailing 7-0, Alabama had marched the ball down to the Georgia one-yard line for this 2nd-and-goal play.
The call is a weak-side power dive, where Eddie Lacy follows his fullback and the pulling right guard. Initially, the line opens up a hole, but before the back reaches it, Ogletree fills it in and stands up Lacy shy of the goal line.
Lacy, whose momentum is completely impeded by Ogletree's force, tries to fight for the goal line, and as a result, he fumbles the ball.
Ogletree shows off his instinctive movement on this play by reaching the hole before Lacy. He then employs his grueling strength and proper tackling form to stand up Lacy and give the Bulldogs the stop they desperately needed.
Blocked Field-Goal Return for Touchdown
Ogletree displays his awareness and athleticism in this highlight.
Clinging to a 14-10 lead, Georgia forced Alabama into this long field-goal attempt.
Ogletree is lined up on the left end of the Bulldog defensive field-goal formation. As the ball is snapped, Georgia drops into a safe block, bringing pressure on the right but leaving three men deep and having Ogletree peel his edge in anticipation of a Alabama fake.
Despite the mild pressure, Georgia gets a hand on the kick and sends the ball back toward the kicker. Ogletree tracks the block, secures the catch and blazes upfield for a 55-yard touchdown return.
This enormous play gave the Bulldogs a stable lead; however, Alabama would come back to win late.
Big Sack Against Nebraska
In the 2013 Capital One Bowl Game, Alec Olgetree locked up the victory for the Bulldogs with this big sack.
On a 4th-and-long, Ogletree blitzes up the middle, gets past both the guard and center and disrupts the Nebraska play entirely.
The Nebraska quarterback, Taylor Martinez, recognizes Ogletree's penetration and tries to evade him. His resistance is proven futile, as Ogletree wrangles hold of Martinez and throws him to the ground for the sack.
The sack is one of three Ogletree had on the season and shows his ability as a pass-rusher as well.