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.