Notebook: Georgia player tweets about rushing field


The entire Georgia Bulldog team runs onto the field and celebrates Georgia's first touchdown of the game in the end zone during the first quarter against Florida at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville on Oct. 27, 2007.

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Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:06 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, Georgia junior fullback Alexander Ogletree sent out a tweet that got fanbases fired up for this weekend's rivalry game with Florida.

“Think we should rush the field first touchdown … fans and all!” Ogletree posted on his Twitter account.

In 2007, the entire Georgia team rushed the field after Knowshon Moreno's two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Bulldogs received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and had to kick off from their own 8-yard line, but their controversial celebration set the tone for the game and they went on to win, 42-30.

Florida redshirt senior offensive guard James Wilson is the only member of the 2007 team remaining on the roster, and he still remembers the “Gator Stomp.”

“That was pretty upsetting,” Wilson recalled.

When informed about Ogletree's tweet, Wilson said it would be “ridiculous” for the Bulldogs to repeat their celebration because there's a whole game left to play.

“If that's what they think it takes to win, then I guess do what you gotta do,” Wilson said. “I hope that they don't embarrass the game like that.”

Omar Hunter, however, feels differently. The redshirt senior defensive tackle welcomes any tactics from Georgia.

“They should (rush the field). I would enjoy that.” Hunter said. “ It would be fun. It's good for the game. I love it.”

Jenkins' return ‘magical'

In last Saturday's 44-11 victory over South Carolina, Florida redshirt junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins played in his first full game since the season opener.

Jenkins broke a bone in his thumb at Texas A&M and then pulled a hamstring against LSU.

“It felt great,” Jenkins said of playing again. “I've been wanting to get out there for a long time now. So just (having) the chance to go out there and help my teammates out and play in The Swamp, it was magical, especially because we came out with the win. That made it even better.”

UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was excited to see Jenkins back in action.

“He certainly has speed to match up with people,” Quinn said. “He's a good blitzer. I thought he had a couple physical tackles, too. So I was really (impressed) for him coming back and contributing the way that he did in his first extended action in awhile.”

Jenkins has to play with a club on his right hand because of his thumb injury, but he's still managing to make plays.

“At first it was weird, but I kind of got used to it,” Jenkins said. “I'm not able to grab as good as I want to, but it's one of those things you just gotta deal with. As long as I'm on the field and can contribute, I'm happy.”

Jenkins can even catch with the club on, something he couldn't do last year with his bare hands. He made an interception late in the first half against the Gamecocks, but the play was negated by an offsides on Florida. Quinn said Jenkins dropped six picks last year.

“Even when I grab one, it gets called back on me,” Jenkins said with his head shaking. “That was unfortunate.”

Immediately after the play, UF coach Will Muschamp leveled Jenkins on the sideline in excitement.

“I didn't even know he hit me until all my teammates told me,” Jenkins said. “I thought it was another teammate that hit me, but they said Muschamp tackled me. He really is the ‘Boom' coach. He knocked me out.”

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