Grantham: Moving Tree was Right Move

ATHENS - Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is convinced moving Alec Ogletree to middle linebacker was the right move.

The move took place just before spring practices began.

"I'm convinced now that was the right move for sure," Grantham said on Thursday during the Bulldogs' final spring practice of the year.

"Last year we had visions of what Alec could do (at middle linebacker)," Grantham said of when Ogletree would come closer to the line at safety in certain defensive sets.

Ogletree's move to middle linebacker had ramifications throughout the rest of the defense, but most notably for Jarvis Jones. The USC transfer moved from middle linebacker to outside linebacker where Grantham says he uses his quickness to make plays.

"He's got a burst," Grantham said of Jones. "He's very athletic, has good hands and is a fluid outside linebacker. He should be able to make a difference there. I think Jarvis is ahead of the guys last year at linebacker just from the standpoint of understanding the linebacker position."


Head coach Mark Richt said Thursday that he would not allow any new plays from either the Red or Black squads come Saturday.

"They can run any blitzes or plays we've run in the past all they want," Richt said. "But we are not showing anything new that might tip off Boise State or South Carolina."

Richt laughed when asked about a wishbone formation the Bulldogs lined up in some years ago.

"Yeah, I don't think that worked," he said.


A slew of players might not participate in 2011 G Day.

Washaun Ealey (hamstring) seems the most likely candidate not to play on Saturday, Richt said. Jordan Love (hamstring), Brandon Boykin (concussion), Sanders Commings and Garrison Smith (neck) are doubtful Richt indicated.

Ken Malcome (groin), Aron White (cartilage), Christian Robinson, Alec Ogletree (groin) and Mike Gilliard (knee) will all likely play during the annual event.


Richt said he and his team were thinking of injured offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant, who suffered his third ACL tear on Saturday.

"The goal for all of us is to rally around him and encourage him and help him rehab," Richt said.

It is possible that Sturdivant could apply for a 6th year of eligibility under NCAA rules.

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