Twenty-four days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
24. Zander Ogletree
5-foot-10, 225 pounds
Fall forecast: Ogletree is in the mix to contribute at fullback, although the Bulldogs seem to have a crowded field of candidates at the position. Along with Ogletree and hybrid tailback/fullback Richard Samuel, Georgia also can utilize Merritt Hall and freshman Quayvon Hicks, so it’s hard to say at this point how much playing time will be available for Ogletree or any of the other candidates this fall.
Career highlight: Ogletree took his first carry of the 2011 season -- a third-and-1 handoff -- 21 yards for a key first down at the Georgia Tech 9-yard line, setting up a touchdown that helped put away Georgia’s win on the Flats.
Experience thus far: Having appeared in 26 games -- including a start last year against Kentucky -- Ogletree has taken the field in plenty of games, although he has done so mostly on special teams. He has four career carries for 23 yards.
Possible career impact: The twin brother of Georgia star linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a useful role player through his first two seasons in Athens. He plays with a fire that made him a candidate to contribute on special teams and also worked in a reserve role at fullback. It appears as though he will perform in a similar rule during his junior season and probably beyond.