Now, Alec Ogletree is a projected NFL first-round draft pick. That would seem to be cause for celebration, but Zander Ogletree said their mother expressed sadness recently "because we're separating," before adding "if he goes to the league."
Zander Ogletree said he reassured his mother.
"I was like `Mom, it's all right,'" Zander said. "I feel like it's just better things in life that are happening right now. It's just a blessing to have one of us, especially out of our family and our hometown, just to be playing in the National Football League. I feel like that's a blessing. Being in our family, we've just got to support him. I've still got to get my degree and do everything I've got to do to become a professional and everything, too."
Of course, Alec Ogletree, who leads Georgia with 98 tackles in only nine games, hasn't publicly revealed his intentions to enter the draft, even though teammates expect the Capital One Bowl will be his last game for the Bulldogs. Ogletree has not granted interview requests during bowl practices.
Zander Ogletree, born two minutes before Alec, his fraternal twin, said the only season he wasn't on the same football team as Alec was their freshmen year at Newnan when Alec was on the varsity team and Zander the junior varsity.
"I told her we're grown men now and we've just got to make our own decisions," Zander said.
Georgia signs JUCO lineman
The last time Georgia tapped into Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, it landed John Jenkins, the big nose guard who has started 20 games the past two seasons and may be an NFL first-round draft choice in April.
The Bulldogs added another player from the Perkinston, Miss., school on Wednesday when Chris Mayes signed with the Bulldogs on the first day of the midyear junior college transfer period. Mayes will begin classes next month and be available for spring practices.
The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Mayes was a member of Georgia's 2011 "Dream Class," but did not qualify academically. He had 34 tackles, including nine for loss with two sacks at Spalding High in Griffin in his senior season and 17 tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery last year. He redshirted this year. That gives him three years remaining to play.
Mayes didn't look at other schools, sticking to his Georgia commitment, his junior college coach Steve Campbell said.
"He's in that John Jenkins mold," Campbell said. "He'll be able to come in and shore up that nose position."
Campbell also said that another player from his program, defensive back Kennar Johnson, would be signing with Georgia, but the school only released Mayes' signing. The signing period runs through Jan. 15.
Another junior college recruit committed to Georgia, wide receiver Jonathan Rumph, also signed papers with Georgia, according to the official Twitter account of Holmes (Miss.) Community College, but Georgia also has yet to announce his signing.
Football and plenty of downtime
Georgia has two more on-campus practices today and Friday after holding a two-hour full pads practice on Wednesday.
Coach Mark Richt termed the practice "real sloppy."
Classes have been over for more than a week on campus. Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins likens the bowl practices to preseason camp when it's football only.
"The downtime when we're not practicing is the part you've got to make it through," Jenkins said. "Your sitting there not having anything to do with everybody gone." Georgia players were given the chance to play Whiffle ball and paintball to break up the monotony.
All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones has enjoyed his hectic life slowing down during bowl practices.
"It's the only chance I have to be lazy when we're not over here," he said. "I got a chance to just sit around the house, watch football, play the video games, just be lazy. I don't get a chance to be lazy during the year with school, football, studying. Now all I've got is football."
This and that
Receiver Tavarres King, safeties Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo already were set for the Senior Bowl. Cornerback Sanders Commings became the fifth Bulldog to get an invite on Wednesday. He said he's "pretty sure" he will play in the Jan. 26 game in Mobile, Ala. … Jarvis Jones, a redshirt junior, said he's not rushing on announcing his NFL decision. He will probably wait until after the bowl game. Jones, widely expected to turn pro, is a projected first-round draft pick.
King (hamstring) and receiver Malcolm Mitchell (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. John Jenkins (concussion) remained out. Running back Richard Samuel (sprained shoulder) and receiver Rhett McGowan (sprained wrist) were limited. Linebacker Mike Gilliard (strained hamstring) returned.