Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree sacks Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez in Tuesday's Capital One Bowl. (Photo Courtesy: Associated Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. (WRCB) -- Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones may still be mulling their football futures, but Alec Ogletree has already made up his mind.
The University of Georgia junior linebacker told reporters after Tuesday's Capital One Bowl victory that he will skip his senior season with the Bulldogs to enter the NFL Draft.
"I'm leaving this year, this is my last game," he said moments after Georgia wrapped up a 45-31 win over Nebraska. "It was a great run while I was here, just want to take a chance on this opportunity to go to the NFL and pursue my dreams."
Ogletree is projected as a first-round pick by most NFL draft analysts. While he has not yet heard back from the NFL draft advisory committee, the 6-foot-3, 232-pounder from Newnan, Ga., said he still feels pretty good about his position.
Ogletree capped his career with a sack, taking down Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for a six-yard loss late in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 13 tackles, including three for a loss.
Despite missing the first four games of the season, Ogletree led the Bulldogs with 111 tackles. He was behind only Jones with 11.5 tackles for a loss (Jones set a new school record in 2012 with 22.5) and finished third on the team with three sacks.
Jones, Murray and defensive lineman Kwame Geathers all told reporters after the game they are not ready to make an announcement yet on their draft decisions. Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the NFL Draft.