As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, Reggie Carter’s fellow UGA teammates like to mess around with the ‘veteran’ inside linebacker.
“They say I’ve been here for ten years,” Carter said.
Although that is a deliberate exaggeration by his teammates, this Saturday’s G-Day at Sanford Stadium would make it Carter’s fifth.
For those familiar with Carter’s stats, he has tallied up 25 tackles in his four previous Georgia spring games.
Having enrolled at Georgia out of South Gwinnett High in the spring of 2013, Carter had seven tackles and an interception during his first spring game and has kept up since.
“They make jokes about me being old,” the fifth-year senior said with a smile.
After his shoulder surgery in 2015 he was on the redshirt team, and he missed games last year due to a knee injury and a concussion.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Carter started eight games last season and had a career-high 45 tackles and a forced fumble.
Heading into his final season, Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff has tried to improve Carter’s explosive movements.
“I think Reggie knows, he’s really smart, he’s really bright, he’s tough,” coach Kirby Smart said. “He knows the areas that are his roadblocks we call them. He’s trying to improve those road blocks and be able to play for us. He’s very versatile because without Roquan out there, he’s able to play all positions. I’m excited about Reggie. He’s a good leader.”
Georgia is also trying to develop depth behind Patrick, Smith and Carter this spring with junior Juwan Taylor, converted running back and redshirt sophomore Tae Crowder, freshman Monty Rice and sophomore Jaleel Laguins.
Patrick said Carter “is definitely the vet,” in the group.
“He’s letting everybody know where to be, what’s your assignment,” Patrick said. “He’s just on top of everything.”
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