Ogletree brothers have big day for Georgia against Mississippi

sports@macon.comNovember 3, 2012 

ATHENS -- This is what Alec and Zander Ogletree likely envisioned when they arrived in Athens three years ago.

In Georgia’s 37-10 rout of Mississippi on Saturday, the twins from Newnan had exceptional games on their respective sides of the ball.

It was a day of firsts for Zander Ogletree. It was the fullback’s second career start with the Bulldogs, and on top of that, he found the end zone for the first time in his three years at Georgia.

“It’s awesome,” Zander Ogletree said. “That’s a dream a lot of people wish they could do. Just for to have that opportunity it’s a blessing and to be in the end zone.”

Even though he hasn’t earned nearly the same amount of attention as his brother, Zander Ogletree said he’s just happy to have taken advantage of the opportunity he has received as his third quarter score put the Bulldogs up 28-10.

“I’ve been working hard, even if I was playing or not,” Zander Ogletree said. “I kept working hard and just waited for my time to come. It came eventually and I wanted to make the best of it and I did.”

The fullback added when his number was called he was not emotional in the least. He knew from the defense’s formation that the Bulldogs would not audible out of the original play call and was prepared to make it across the goal line. When he crossed into the east end zone, Zander Ogletree thought of his family.

“They really pushed me hard to play physical and play for the man next to me,” he said. “(They pushed him) to play for my brother and for my family. Hearing the crowd roar and just to be in the end zone felt great.”

One of the family members Zander Ogletree thought about was on the same sideline with him. According to Alec Ogletree, Zander Ogletree did him he would cross the goal line this week, which Alec Ogletree wasn’t so sure would happen.

“It was a great feeling knowing that my brother got in there and scored his first touchdown,” Alec Ogletree said. “I know all week he kept saying he was going to score a touchdown, and I was like, ‘Yeah, all right, whatever,’ but he actually got in there so I was glad to see that.”

Not to be out done, Alec Ogletree had a great day on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs’ inside linebacker led the way with 11 tackles, one of which resulted in the team’s first safety of the season late in the third quarter.

“He came out and actually (Jarvis Jones) made him bounce it out,” Alec Ogletree said. “I came right off J.J.’s block and made the safety. It wasn’t just me making the play, it took the whole (defense) and J.J. spilled it, and they bounced it out one more gap and I was able to make the tackle.”

Alec Ogletree also had an interception in the latter half of the second quarter. His interception was the fourth turnover in a span of five plays between the Bulldogs and Rebels. He leapt back and grabbed the ball intended for Ole Miss’ Ja-Mes Logan. That was one of the plays the inside linebacker made covering a large chunk of the field.

“I was down field, but the guy I was on ran up field and I followed him back,” he said. “The ball came to me, and I jumped back and grabbed it. Wherever the ball was I just tried to do what I’ve been practicing and get to the ball.”

Georgia head coach Mark Richt enjoyed seeing the two brothers play so well.

“That was nice,” Richt said. “It was good to see Alec and AleZander, the twin brothers make big plays. They had big games. I’m sure their family was very excited.”

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