ATLANTA -- Even the most fanatical of Georgia fans probably had never heard Jeremy Sulek's name until Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.
But when Alec Ogletree broke his right foot, the walk-on linebacker from Dacula was suddenly forced into action against Boise State.
Sulek responded in the 35-21 loss by getting in on seven tackles, five of them solo.
That was three more tackles than he'd been in on during his Georgia career.
A senior academically, Sulek didn't play until last year, when he got into six games.
Now he could see plenty of playing time with Ogletree expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery Monday.
Playing a second season in a defense with three defensive linemen and four linebackers, Georgia was already short at the position and counted on inside linebackers Christian Robinson and Ogletree, a converted safety, for leadership.
"We couldn't afford to lose either guy," coach Mark Richt said. "We couldn't afford that type of injury."
But that is exactly what happened, with Ogletree limping off the field and forcing Sulek into unexpected action.
Georgia got better news on left guard Kenarious Gates. He is expected to return for the South Carolina game after leaving late in the second quarter against Boise State with a sprained ankle. Dallas Lee of Buford replaced him.