Lorenzo Carter got the message loud and clear.
Carter said he received an earful from defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during a mid-week practice, which later resulted in a demotion. As a result, the sophomore from Norcross found himself on the second team during Friday’s scrimmage.
Carter said he understands what he has to do to avoid that from happening again.
“Pruitt was mad at me," Carter said. "He was just coaching me up and making sure that I understand it’s not a thing he’ll coach up one player or a few players, he coaches everyone the same.”
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Carter played a few first-team snaps in goal-line situations.
But it seems Carter responded well as Georgia head coach Mark Richt singled Carter out for having a good day against the second-team offensive line.
“Lorenzo Carter today went mostly against the No. 2 unit and they could hardly touch him,” Richt said. “If he was working against the ones it would have been a better battle for him.”
With Carter practicing with the second team, redshirt sophomore Davin Bellamy received more time with the first group.
“He’s been doing great. I’ve been cheering him on," Carter said of Bellamy. "He’s moving along. The more outside linebackers that are game ready, the less snaps we have to take that are destroying our body.”
However, it’s unlikely Carter stays with the second team very long. Assuming he corrects what got him in Pruitt’s doghouse this week, he’ll be with the first unit in the season-opener.
Carter also downplayed whether there was any significance to being on the second team unit. As he sees it, the depth chart is just an order for how they practice. Carter feels multiple outside linebackers will see the field this season.
“I just trying to bring energy to the twos. The twos – that’s a phrase (the media) uses, no offense – but there’s no depth chart really. Coach Pruitt will put us in where we fit in. Our two defense is full of players that are ready to play right now and could start the first game.”
And it’s not like Carter minds a little rest during games. As long as Carter’s playing, he’s not concerned where he’s at in the rotation.
“I’m cool with being fresh,” he said. “Fresh legs mean more sacks. More sacks mean more money.”