Ogletree has stepped into the “Mo” inside linebacker spot and Herrera has shifted over to the “Mike.”
“Amarlo’s earned that right because of the way he’s played in the first few games,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “As a coach we tell players if you make plays, we’re going to find a way to get you on the field. He’s earned the right to play. …We’ll stick with it and continue to work it.”
Herrera, a 6-4, 245-pound sophomore, leads Georgia with 36 tackles.
At “Mike,” he’s asked now to signal the plays to the defense and identify formations.
“It was a little different at first trying to feel my way out,” Herrera said. “After a few minutes, I got in the flow of it.”
Herrera’s move to “Mike” means a battle for playing time for senior Mike Gilliard, who has started 16 games combined this season and last.
“I’m just playing the cards I’m dealt with now,” Gilliard said. “Coaches know that I can play and what I can do because I definitely did it before. I’m going to continue to play hard and give everything I got.”
Herrera said he’s seen his playing time decrease since he was playing nearly every snap with Ogletree out.
“We’re splitting it,” he said. “Everybody’s going to play.”
Ogletree led Georgia with 14 tackles in his return from a four-game suspension.
Herrera and Gilliard and the rest of the Georgia defense are gearing up to stop South Carolina and tailback Marcus Lattimore on Saturday. Lattimore has rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns the past two years against the Bulldogs.
“I’m tired of hearing about him,” Gilliard said. “The only thing I’m trying to do is hit him.”
Richt doesn’t think Jones at `100 percent’
Star outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has just one sack since his dominant showing at Missouri on Sept. 8.
Richt think the strained groin that the junior played with in that game and kept him out of the next week against Florida Atlantic could still be an issue.
“You know what? I don’t know if he would say that it is bothering him, but I got a feeling that it’s probably not 100 percent right now,” coach Mark Richt said. “He’s not going to sit there and make an excuse, but I’m not sure he’s 100 percent.”
Jones had seven tackles, including three for loss, and a sack against Vanderbilt and eight tackles and no sacks against Tennessee.
This and that
Asked about offensive lineman Kolton Houston remaining ineligible for continuing to test positive for a banned substance, Richt said “I don’t think we’ll ever give up on it. I think there’s always a chance that something good can happen. He’s going to continue to test.” Richt said Houston still wants to play. Richt said he thinks Houston would still have two years of eligibility after this season.
Linebacker Christian Robinson has said that Richt would like him to clean up his blonde Mohawk streak. Richt mentioned it when asked about what he sees for Robinson after football. “Whatever he’s pursuing if somebody gets a chance to hire him, they’ll be very pleased, especially after he gets a haircut," he said.