University of Georgia

Georgia's Lorenzo Carter works on all-around game

JASON BUTT

sports@ledger-enquirer.com

For Lorenzo Carter, this season is about becoming a more well-rounded outsidelinebacker.

Carter came into Georgia's program as a highly-regarded pass rusher. He saw quite a bit of playing time during his true freshman season in 2014 and finished second on the team in quarterback hurries with 16 and third in sacks with 4 1/2. Carter's role figures to expand as a sophomore and therefore he's looking to improve in other areas on the field.

Carter said he's honed in on defending the pass and said he'll likely drop into coverage an estimated 40 percent of the time.

“We’ve been working on that a lot," Carter said. "Especially as outside linebackers, it’s about covering anyone from a running back to a tight end to a wide receiver.”

Carter would also like to improve his game against the run, too. Though it's good to be a pass-rush specialist, the great outside linebackers are able to do more than do just one thing well.

"He's figured out the film don't lie," Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. "That's one thing he has to focus on to be a complete football player. He's got the ability to rush the quarterback but he's got to learn to play the run. That comes with age, experience. The first thing you got to do is realize your deficiencies to fix them. That's something I think he understands."

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