UGA: Zander Ogletree leaves team for medical reasons

From Staff and Wire Reports
sports@newnan.com
ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia’s football team is suddenly without both Ogletree brothers for the first time since the Newnan siblings arrived as part of head coach Mark Richt’s signing class in 2012.
Just two months after junior linebacker Alec Ogletree announced he was entering the NFL Draft, twin brother Zander, a part-time starting fullback, is leaving the team for undisclosed “medical reasons” as announced Wednesday in a brief statement by the school.
Zander remains on track to graduate on time.
“He’s got a medical issue and he can’t play anymore,” Richt told Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. “But he’s gonna stay in school. We hope he does well in school and graduates.”
It’s been a trying month for both brothers, with Alec seeing his draft stock potential dip following an arrest for an alleged DUI while training in Arizona for last week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He has been projected as a first-round draft pick while still ranked as high as the tenth best available player by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
Both Ogletree brothers were suspended the first four games of the 2012 season, for what ESPN.com’s David Ching reported Wednesday was a second violation of the UGA student-athlete drug policy. Alec went on to lead Georgia in tackles during a trip to the SEC Championship Game last season.
Zander returned to score his only college touchdown in a victory over Ole Miss in a game where Alec added his first college interception and added a safety.
He had been projected as the frontrunner for the starting fullback job heading into the spring practice session. He appeared in eight games, starting two, while finishing with three carries for 14 yards and four receptions for 25 yards.


More Sports

NBA

Hawks still have doubters

ATLANTA (AP) — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Confere ... Read More


High School Track & Field

Heritage School, Trinity gear up for region meet

Heavy rains factored in Trinity Christian’s Senior Night Finale meet, but both host squads, as well as teams from The Heritage School ... Read More


CCMSAL Track & Field

Tight competition expected for championships

As the Coweta County Middle School Athletic League’s annual track and field championships begin Thursday with field events, there&rsqu ... Read More


Wet weather continues to cause headaches

Rain, rain go away

One of the biggest challenges this week for local high school teams hasn’t been beating opponents, but finding a way to finish games b ... Read More


High School Lacrosse

Cougars unable to hold off Kennesaw Mountain

Newnan’s boys lacrosse team stayed close on Thursday against Kennesaw Mountain before falling to the the Mustangs 14-2. After the two ... Read More

College Football

Cronic hands over coaching reins to son at Reinhardt

Once upon a time, Danny Cronic handed over the starting quarterback job at East Coweta High to son Drew with as much faith as any head coach ... Read More