Dominick Sanders was in the right place at the right time.
In the first quarter of Georgia's 42-7 win over Florida, Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks tossed a ball toward the right sideline that got tipped in the air.
Sanders was in coverage behind the intended target and just happened to have the ball continue zooming in his direction. Sanders caught the ball for his 15th career interception, which put him all alone in second place in Georgia's record books.
Sanders, however, said he isn’t concerned about potentially etching his name as the program's career pick leader.
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“To be honest, I don’t even think about it,” he said. “I have so many people worry about it and try to call my phone to ask me questions about, ‘Are you going to get on?’ That don’t even be on my mind. I had my mindset on getting my guys right. I don’t even think about catching interceptions. I don’t pray about it, nothing like that. I just have my mindset of coming out and executing the plan.”
The interception set up Georgia’s second touchdown of the game, which came on a 17-yard pass from Jake Fromm to Javon Wims only three plays later.
Sanders now has three interceptions this season and will have at least five more to potentially set the record. Former Georgia defensive backs Jake Scott and Bacarri Rambo share the program record with 16 interceptions each.
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said it’s good to know a player of Sanders’ caliber is in the back end when the front seven applies pressure on the quarterback.
“That’s a ball hawk,” Carter said. “It’s great to have him back there, to know if we pressure the quarterback and he throws it up that we got a guy back there who can go get it.”
To get his 15th career pick, Sanders said he made sure to execute his assignment on the defensive play.
“It was me being in the right coverage,” Sanders said. “Plays can only be made when you’re doing the right thing, once you scheme and all that. Being in the right place at the right time, it came.”