January 7, 2008
Cavalier wide receiver Kevin Ogletree announced on Wednesday that he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Ogletree had one final year to play at Virginia, after a medical redshirt in 2007.
Ogletree led the Cavaliers this past season with 58 receptions for 723 yards and five touchdowns, answering all questions about his ability to return from an ACL tear that sidelined him for the entire 2007 campaign. His 58 receptions tie him for fifth in Virginia history.
After appearing in seven games as a true freshman, Ogletree experienced a breakout season in 2006, leading the team with 52 receptions and 582 yards, in addition to four scores. He is one of only 26 players to have two 50 catch seasons. He graduated in December with a degree in sociology, a semester early. He ends a college career which saw Virginia go 4-3 when he found the endzone.
Ogletree's departure opens the door for several other receivers to take the reigns as the leader. Jared Green appeared in all 12 games in 2008 and scored his first touchdown. Kris Burd, Dontrelle Inman, and Staton Jobe are also players that could find their respective roles increasing.