We’ve got a story in the paper today on Georgia freshman safety Alec Ogletree.
That got me thinking about the impact that the players in the Bulldogs’ 2010 signing class have made.
Well, turns out they have been relatively quiet.
That might have been expected after Georgia’s run of top 10 signing classes ended last February.
Here’s how the class stacks up heading into the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve:
ILB Demetre Baker—Was headed for a redshirt year before he was booted off the team in late September after his arrest on charges including DUI.
OT Brent Benedict—Redshirted following knee injury in high school. Could be among young players counted on in 2011.
WR Michael Bennett—Redshirted. Players say he could have contributed if given the chance this season. With A.J. Green expected to go to the NFL and Kris Durham done, should be a newcomer to watch in 2011.
DE Brandon Burrows—Redshirted. He said recently he’s now working at inside linebacker.
S Marc Deas—Redshirted. Have heard good reports about him on the scout team.
OG Kenarious Gates—Started three games this season and played in six after getting his first action after the Bulldogs’ 1-4 start. Played as a reserve down the stretch, but figures to be a starter in 2011.
S Jakar Hamilton—Started the first five games before becoming a backup. Certainly didn’t make the kind of impact that some expected when he signed from Georgia Military College. Played corner against Georgia Tech and that’s a possibility in 2011.
OL Kolton Houston--Buford product redshirted.
RB Ken Malcome—After redshirting this season, will be in the mix in the mix at tailback, a position needing a spark after showing from Washaun Ealey and Caleb King this year.
OLB Dexter Morant—Left the team for four days during preseason camp and then had shoulder surgery in September.
S Alec Ogletree—If he can improve in coverage, Georgia could have something special in the hard-hitting tackler.
FB Zander Ogletree—Alec’s twin should have a prominent role next season once Shaun Chapas and Fred Munzenmaier have moved on. Of course, a Bruce Figgins move to the position could say something about that.
CB Derek Owens—Six tackles on the season in 12 games. He recovered a fumble against Tennessee.
DE Garrison Smith—Two tackles in six games in limited playing time. One of several players that could see increased role after big offseason.
OLB T.J. Stripling—Had one tackle in five games before sustaining a season-ending right knee injury. He is unlikely to be available for spring practice.
DL Mike Thornton –The four-star recruit out of Stephenson High redshirted.
The ones that got away (one-time commitments who signed elsewhere):
WR Da’Rick Rogers—For all the fuss about his late defection, Rogers didn’t make a big splash in Knoxville. The Calhoun star has 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. That’s nearly identical numbers to Tennessee target Marlon Brown, a sophomore who has 10 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
CB Nickell Robey—Led Southern California with four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. Finished seventh on the Trojans with 48 tackles and a forced fumble. Was named honorable mention coaches All-Pac-10.
LB Deon Rogers—Had seven tackles and a fumble recovery in 11 games for Lousiville.
DE B.J. Butler—Georgia pulled his scholarship offer when it looked like he might de-committ. He had 23 tackles for Louisville, including six for loss and two and a half sacks.
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