Carter Has Breakout Start

Freshman OLB Lorenzo Carter made a clear impact in his first start at Kentucky.

Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said coaches told him to be ready to step in for potential NFL first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 237-pound freshman showed he was in a big way.

The Norcross product looked like the five-star recruit that he was during his first career start. He had nine tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, including two and a half sacks.

“I feel like I had a great game,” Floyd said. “We’ve just got to build on that each week.”

Carter started in place of Floyd, who had been bothered this week by a sore shoulder that Mark Richt described as “cumulative,” by this point of the season. Floyd played limited snaps and did not record a tackle.

“We were hoping we could play Carter a lot more if possible,” Richt said. “Just from the sideline, you saw him play with energy, you saw him making some plays. A couple of times he allowed the quarterback to break contain on his side. …Energy level was good and I guarantee you playing as much as he did and having that much success will give him more confidence.”

Carter was flagged for a late hit on Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles on the Wildcats sideline.

“They didn’t like it that much,” Carter said laughing. “I don’t blame them. I hit the quarterback kind of late. It was questionable for me.”

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