Georgia junior linebacker Alec Ogletree wasted no time revealing his NFL decision.
The Bulldogs' leading tackler said after Georgia's 45-31 Capital One Bowl win that he's giving up his final season of eligibility to enter the draft.
“This is my last game,” Ogletree said of his college career. “It’s a tough decision, but I felt like it was the right one for me to do based on just where I may go and the amount of risk it is to come back. I talked to my parents and let God lead me in the right way.”
Ogletree knew Georgia's bowl game would be his last before the Bulldogs kicked off against Nebraska Saturday.
"I knew after talking over the (Christmas) break and talking to everybody I needed to talk to get the right decision," said Ogletree.
Olgetree, 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, is porojected as the No. 18 overall prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay and No. 16 by Mel Kiper.
He had 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and made a sack on his final play as a Bulldog.
"It was very important for us to come out today and get the win and send the seniors out the right way," said Ogletree, who finished the season with 111 tackles in just 10 games.. "With this being my last game, I wanted to go out with a win, too."
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had high praise for his departing middle linebacker.
"He's a pretty dynamic inside linebacker," said Grantham. "He's a guy that can go sideline to sideline.
"I love the guy. He's done everything we've asked him to do. I'd do anything in the world for him because he's really laid it on the line for us."
Unlike Ogletree, junior nose guard Kwame Geathers wasn't ready to make any declarations after Tuesday's win.
"I've given it a lot of thought, but I still haven't come to a conclusion yet," said Geathers. "I'm just going to go home, talk to my family, talk to my brothers, talk to the coaches and I'll make the decision then."
Geathers, who started in place of academically ineligible senior John Jenkins, figures to start at the nose guard position if he remains in school. The
"I'd be a senior, and I would be a leader of this team," said Geathers. "I feel like I'd have to come out there and be the guy to try and help this team win a national championship next year, so that's a big concern, too."
Jones breaks sack record
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones set a new single-season school record for sacks with 14.5 after a two-sack performance in Tuesday's 45-31 win over Nebraska.
The junior wasn't made aware of his accomplishment until the post-game press conference.
"Did I break it?" Jones asked a reporter. "I didn't even know."
To which, Georgia head coach Mark Richt interjected with "that's awesome."
Jones broke the record after pressuring Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez into throwing the ball out of bounds in the first quarter. Martinez was penalized for intentional grounding, and Jones was credited with his second sack of the game.
"I think it's great," said Jones of breaking the record set by David Pollack in 2002.
Working as an ESPN broadcaster, Pollack was in attendance to see his record get broken Tuesday, and the former Georgia great praised Jones's record-setting performance, even if it came after a nontraditional sack.
"It’s not like I didn’t get any cheap sacks in my day," said Pollack, whose single-season record for tackles for loss was also broken by Jones (24.5) on Tuesday.
After the game, Pollack tweeted about Jones breaking the record: "I'm proud 2 have my sack record broken by @sacmanjones_29. He is a 1st class young man & plays the game the right way."
Gurley rushes for over 100, again
Quarterback Aaron Murray was named MVP with a 427-yard passing performance against the Cornhuskers, but tailback Todd Gurley still managed another big game in the rushing department.
The freshman ran 23 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. Tuesday's win marked the ninth time this season Gurley rushed for 100 or more yards.
"We knew they were going to try and stop the run," said Gurley. "But we've got a great passing game and a great running game, and we proved that again today."
Gurley's fellow tailback Keith Marshall earned his first start and finished with 36 yards on eight carries.
Senior safety Shawn Williams blocked a punt on Nebraska's first possession. The ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety. For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs' first points in a bowl game derive from a safety.
Georgia had trouble getting out of its own way Tuesday, racking up seven penalties for 76 yards. The Bulldogs were flagged five times for personal foul penalties.
Wide receiver Rhett McGowan received the first start of his career and finished with three catches for 40 yards.
Defensive end Abry Jones did not dress out for the bowl game Saturday. Jones's status was doubtful heading into the game.
Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell suffered a concussion on a safety punt return in the first quarter. The sophomore did not return.
--Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald contributed to this report.