ATHENS -- Lorenzo Carter came to Georgia as one of the top-rated pass-rushers in the country.
As a freshman, Carter emerged as a defensive playmaker as the season progressed, totaling 4 1/2 sacks as part of a stellar pass-rushing trio with Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd. With all three back, even more will be expected out of the outside linebacker group, with Carter having a chance to shine and do more damage getting after the quarterback.
"Lorenzo did have an impact for us as a freshman, and we thought the greatest value that he had was more of an edge rusher, a speed guy off the edge," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "That's kind of what his reputation was coming out of high school."
While Carter showed his potential as a pass-rusher, more will be expected out of him. With Richt saying that Leonard Floyd will move around to numerous positions on defense, Carter will probably see even more time on the field. And that's for good reason. If the Bulldogs can create some blitz packages with Carter, Floyd and Jenkins on the field together, passing plays could be difficult for opposing offenses to develop.
However, Richt said Carter has to prove he can be someone the Bulldogs can count on to do numerous tasks at the position -- not just rush the passer. Entering year two, Richt believes Carter is on track to becoming that guy.
"If you're going to play every down, you've got to play the run," Richt said. "You've got to be able to set the edge on some plays and be able to handle fullbacks coming at you on the power play and things of that nature. So he's becoming more and more physical, and he's learning more how to play the run game better. So he's just becoming more of a complete player. But he's just -- he's one of many guys in that position for us that are going to help us play well."
Hitting the links
The AJC's Jeff Sentell writes that Elberton receiver Mecole Hardman Jr., who has previously listed Georgia and Tennessee as his top two schools, will take an official visit to Michigan.
Bulldawg Illustrated's David Rosenberg believes offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer should be fine running this offense with the support of Mark Richt and a talented roster.
The Senator notes that Alabama coach Nick Saban gets worked up about the little things, which includes the perception that the Crimson Tide offense wore down due to the pace of play it played at in 2014.
Dawg Post's Dean Legge lists the top remaining in-state prospects that Georgia has remaining for the class of 2016.
Navaughn Donaldson bear-hugged Mark Richt earlier this offseason when Georgia offered him a scholarship. However, he committed to Miami this past weekend, writes the AJC.
Harang Lee wins French golf tournament
Georgia rising junior Harang Lee was victorious in this past weekend's 65th annual Grand Prix des Landes in Soorts-Hossegor, France.
Lee won a playoff against Alexandra Moisand after posting a 4-under 66 in the final round. Before the Sunday rally, Lee had fallen to fourth place during the tournament.
Pan Am gold medalists
A pair of former track and field stars earned gold medals at the Pan Am Games.
Levern Spencer, competing for St. Lucia, cleared 6 feet 4 1/4 inches in the high jump en route to a first-place finish. Kibwe Johnson, also a former Georgia athlete competing for the U.S. as a thrower, won gold with a hammer throw of 247-7.
Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell on how far he's grown as a person and football player since arriving to Georgia: “Sometimes, I force myself not to think about it because it’s hard to explain. It’s nothing I could have ever envisioned for my own self. It was definitely a plan that somebody already had set for me. Coming into college, football is everything, the only thing. Tpo grow beyond that and still have the same passion for football, it is something I am truly thankful for.”
Song of the day
"The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King