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Georgia vs. South Carolina: Alec Ogletree, Marcus Lattimore set to square off for first time

Alec Ogletree will face off against Marcus Lattimore for the first time, as the Bulldogs hope Ogletree can help stop the talented South Carolina running back.

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South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore has had his way with the Georgia Bulldogs the last two years, running wild over the Georgia defense.

That could change this year, as the Bulldogs prepare to take on the Gamecocks on Saturday. Unlike the last two meetings against South Carolina, Georgia will have linebacker Alec Ogletree healthy and participating – and he could be the difference maker on defense for the Bulldogs, as they look for a way to stop Lattimore.

Ogletree was suspended two years ago when Georgia took on South Carolina, and he was hurt in last year's contest. Ogletree is looking forward to Saturday's showdown against the talented Lattimore, per The Telegraph:

"I'm eager because he's a good competitor, and I'm a good competitor too. He's been working hard, just like me, and it's gonna be a good game."

Ogletree's teammates, including fellow inside linebacker Christian Robinson, are also looking forward to having him on the field against South Carolina:

"Alec is a great athlete. He's fast, and he makes a lot of hustle plays. I think his ability will help us. If Sanders (Commings) comes up, makes a tackle out in the flats and is holding on to him, and Tree comes over and knocks the pile down instead of letting him fall forward, we just saved two yards. And that could be the difference between a first down and fourth down. And that's huge for us."

We'll see on Saturday how measurable Ogletree's impact is. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

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