We‚Äôve 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‚Äôs run of top 10 signing classes ended last February.
Here‚Äôs how the class stacks up heading into the Liberty Bowl on New Year‚Äôs Eve:
ILB Demetre Baker‚ÄîWas 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‚ÄîRedshirted following knee injury in high school. Could be among young players counted on in 2011.
WR Michael Bennett‚ÄîRedshirted. 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‚ÄîRedshirted. He said recently he‚Äôs now working at inside linebacker.
S Marc Deas‚ÄîRedshirted. Have heard good reports about him on the scout team.
OG Kenarious Gates‚ÄîStarted three games this season and played in six after getting his first action after the Bulldogs‚Äô 1-4 start. Played as a reserve down the stretch, but figures to be a starter in 2011.
S Jakar Hamilton‚ÄîStarted the first five games before becoming a backup. Certainly didn‚Äôt make the kind of impact that some expected when he signed from Georgia Military College. Played corner against Georgia Tech and that‚Äôs a possibility in 2011.
OL Kolton Houston--Buford product redshirted.
RB Ken Malcome‚ÄîAfter 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‚ÄîLeft the team for four days during preseason camp and then had shoulder surgery in September.
S Alec Ogletree‚ÄîIf he can improve in coverage, Georgia could have something special in the hard-hitting tackler.
FB Zander Ogletree‚ÄîAlec‚Äôs 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‚ÄîSix tackles on the season in 12 games. He recovered a fumble against Tennessee.
DE Garrison Smith‚ÄîTwo tackles in six games in limited playing time. One of several players that could see increased role after big offseason.
OLB T.J. Stripling‚ÄîHad 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 ‚ÄìThe four-star recruit out of Stephenson High redshirted.
The ones that got away (one-time commitments who signed elsewhere):
WR Da‚ÄôRick Rogers‚ÄîFor all the fuss about his late defection, Rogers didn‚Äôt make a big splash in Knoxville. The Calhoun star has 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. That‚Äôs nearly identical numbers to Tennessee target Marlon Brown, a sophomore who has 10 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
CB Nickell Robey‚ÄîLed 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‚ÄîHad seven tackles and a fumble recovery in 11 games for Lousiville.
DE B.J. Butler‚ÄîGeorgia 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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