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Marino | Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter has breakout performance against Notre Dame

SEP 09 Georgia at Notre Dame
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Marino | Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter has breakout performance against Notre Dame

Holding Notre Dame to just 265 yards of total offense in a 20-19 road win over the Irish, the Georgia Bulldogs defense was dominant. While a host of Bulldog defenders played well, the star of the show was Senior LB Lorenzo Carter.

A 5-star recruit, Carter has flashed immense potential throughout his college career but has not been consistent. His 6-foot-6, 240 pound frame is evident on the field but his production has been modest given his upside.

Against the Irish on Saturday, we saw the best of Carter en route to receiving SEC Defensive Player of the Week Honors. Carter tallied seven tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and secured the victory by recovering a fumble on the final defensive snap of the game for Georgia. If Carter keeps this pace he will quickly go from a developmental prospect with upside to a coveted playmaker.

Let’s examine the traits Carter showcased on Saturday that give insight into his upside.

In a stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker role on this rep with two detached to his side, Carter initially splits the slot and the tackle as the weak-side backer. When the H-back goes in motion, Carter walks down and is the strong-side backer since the run strength changed.

Carter is the first-level contain player and does a terrific job of challenging the block so that he maintains his outside leverage to initially take care of his primary responsibility on the rep. From there, he uses his length to keep his pads clear of the blocker and is able to work back inside to make the play. Notice his wingspan on the finish – his length is exceptional! The forced fumble is the icing on the cake for an overall outstanding rep.

On this 3rd and 6, Carter is lined up with his hand in the dirt to rush the passer off the right edge and in doing so, illustrates translatable pass rushing traits. An inside jab step synced up perfectly with a hand swipe softens the outside rush angle. From there, Carter has the flexibility throughout his frame to run the arc and impact the throw. Again, notice that ridiculous length.

While Carter is unblocked on his strip-sack, there are noteworthy positive takeaways. Beating the running back to his landmark, Carter showcases controlled burst to take a proper angle to the quarterback. His length/wingpsan offers a considerable margin for error if his angle gets wide and is still be able to firmly grasp the passer and bring him down. It’s easy for rushers to get out of control on a free rush like this but Carter delivers.

The final rep I want to showcase highlights Georgia’s comfort level allowing Carter to function in space which speaks to his overall versatility. Lined up off-the-ball shading the slot, Notre Dame sets up a quick pass to the running back in the flats to Carter’s side. Carter quickly processes and reacts to the play concept and plays forward behind his hands. He keeps his pads clean by extending his arms, walks back the blocker and easily sheds to get involved in the finish.

Against Notre Dame, the full toolbox was used and Carter demonstrated comfort functioning as walk-up linebacker, off-ball linebacker and in a three-point stance. His length and physical tools are not teachable and he showcased the ability to use them to his advantage. He impressed with his processing skills and produced several big plays for the Georgia defense that lead to the win.

With the SEC conference schedule on the horizon, Carter and the Georgia can build off this performance as they compete to win the East.

Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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