The Tasmanian Devil Is Down But Not Out

The first week of spring camp included quite a few physical altercations. In the middle of many of those, as in past years, was middle linebacker Brandon Ogletree. However, after suffering a foot injury, Ogletree won't be tormenting his offensive teammates for the rest of spring. That will have to wait until next fall.

Last Tuesday, Brandon Ogletree was locked up in one-on-one pass rushing drills with a running back.when he suffered the injury that ended his spring camp.

"I fractured my foot last Tuesday," Ogletree said. "I was doing pass rushing drills against the running backs and got my foot caught in the turf. It sucks but that's what happened."

After he sustained the foot injury, a tough Brandon Ogletree continued to run through drills as if nothing was wrong.

"I actually didn't know that I fractured it as first," Ogletree said as he stood with a crutch under his arm and a black boot on. "I kept practicing and then realized something was wrong. I just tried to have them tape it, but then once I got it taped my body cooled off and I tried to walk on it and I couldn't put any pressure on it. It's just one of those bad luck football injuries. I'll be fine though."

Ogletree will miss the rest of spring camp and will be on crutches for the next four weeks or so, but he'll be back ready to go come fall.

"Oh yeah, I'll be back for fall for sure but for now I'll be out for the rest of spring ball," Ogletree said. "I'll go four weeks with non-weight bearing and then after that I'll be off the crutches and able to put weight on it. I'll then go through rehab after that. My goal is to be back and ready for fall camp."

Ogletree will then return to the practice field where he'll bring the familiar nasty, scrappy attitude once again.

"I don't think I've been anything different than what I've always been," Ogletree said. "I think I've always been scrappy and that guy who's always brought that side to the field. It's just a lot of fun for me to play that way so I don't think I've been any different.

"When you're under six feet tall and you weight 230-pounds and play middle linebacker you have to have a screw loose," he said with a smile. "That's the mentality that I have."

However, there's more to Ogletree's demeanor than just being one who feels he has to constantly prove himself. There's a more practical side to his on-field attitude that the senior linebacker believes serves a greater purpose and sets a higher standard for this defensive teammates.

"I just want our team to be fast and physical," Ogletree said. "I think we have the guys on this defense to do that. We have a lot of experience and a lot of guys that like to hit and be physical. I think we have the right kind of guys that like to fly fast to the ball and do it with a bad attitude. It's a lot of fun being a part of this defense because we're so physical."

Although he'll now be watching from the sidelines, Ogletree feels the first two weeks of spring camp has been a very productive one where players aren't learning but competing at a higher level for a role. Judging by how spring camp has gone, Ogletree believes the defense will be better than the one fielded last season.

"In looking back over the first two weeks of fall camp, we've had a really good showing where I think this defense is going to be better this year than last year," said Ogletree. "We don't have guys learning their positions but know it and play like veterans. It's a good thing to be a part of because when you have a group of guys that play physical, know their positions and play fast and like to hit, you have the potential to be really good."

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