Richt, Pruitt Demote Lorenzo Carter for Now

ATHENS - Lorenzo Carter may be one of Georgia’s rising defensive stars.

But he was relegated to mostly second-team work in Friday’s scrimmage.

“(Jeremy) Pruitt was mad at me,” the sophomore outside linebacker said with a smile. “He was just coaching me up. …A day off.”

Redshirt sophomore Davin Bellamy got extra snaps with the first team in place of Carter, who had four and a half sacks last season.

“That’s fun,” Carter said. “I’m cool with being fresh. Fresh legs mean more sacks. More sacks mean more money.”

The second-team offensive line was overwhelmed trying to contain Carter.

“They couldn’t hardly touch him,” coach Mark Richt said. “If he was working against the ones, it would have been a better battle for him, but I’m sure he would have won his share. Certainly Jordan Jenkins created a lot of pressure even against the No. 1 unit.”

Richt said there’s a big dropoff between the starting offensive line and its backups.

“Our No. 2 unit is not ready to play winning football in my opinion right now,” Richt said. “One of the hardest things to do in football is just to pass protect a very talented edge rusher.”

The closest backup ready to help is senior Hunter Long, who could play center or guard.

“The rest of the guys at this moment, I’d be a little bit more concerned with them,” Richt said.

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