This past Saturday, No. 3 Georgia took on No. 7 Notre Dame in a sold-out Sanford Stadium with the largest crowd the University of Georgia has ever hosted.
The bright lights and the noisy crowd didn’t seem to scare Georgia grad transfer Lawrence Cager as he seemed to be the hero of the night on offense for the Bulldogs.
“I think every game is a big moment for me,” Cager said. “Whether I get one catch or whether I get 10 catches, I treat every game like it’s go time.”
Cager led the Bulldogs receiving core with 5 catches for 82 yards. He also caught a touchdown pass from Jake Fromm early in the fourth quarter that helped Georgia extend their lead.
“Lawrence is a veteran guy, a guy who’s played a lot of football,” said Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. “When it counted most, I went to him and he made a play.”
That touchdown pass that Cager caught was one for the highlight reels. Fromm threw the ball to Cager’s back shoulder, and that made him stray away from the defender to make a sensational catch. Fromm is no rookie with those throws, but Cager had to adjust and use his athletic skills to haul it in.
“I can think back to a moment in practice this week where we did that,” Fromm said. “It’s nothing new, it’s something we’ve worked on. It’s come out strong in really clutch situations.”
After the game, Cager was humble about the catch but expressed his excitement for the play he made.
“If I said what I said on the field, you would have to bleep everything out,” Cager said. “It was just a lot of excitement I’ll say it like that.”
Before coming to Georgia, Cager attended the University of Miami (FL) for four years but then decided to transfer to Georgia for his last year of eligibility. This isn’t the first time Cager had competed against a top 10 ranked Notre Dame team as Miami played against them in 2017.
In that game, Cager played well in a dominant win for the Hurricanes. He led the team with 45 receiving yards as Miami bested Notre Dame 41-8. Cager said that game helped him prepare for what he expected to be a dog fight in Athens this past weekend.
As Cager prepared to run onto the field in front of the entire nation on primetime television he said he could feel the adrenaline run through his veins. He also mentioned that he didn’t have one nervous bone in his body.
“I’ve never seen a stadium light up like this,” Cager said. “I’ve never seen a crowd get so into it like this. It was one of my favorite games.”
When Cager arrived at Georgia his teammates knew he came with a ton of experience, but first, he had to show what he was made of.
“He had to prove himself on special teams,” kicker Rodrigo Blankenship said. “He’s been putting in a lot of work for our special teams even if it doesn’t always get noticed. He’s just been an amazing help to our team.”
With Georgia’s young receiving group Cager fit in well, and through a third of the season, he has become Fromm’s favorite target. But as the season goes on he knows that he is still going to have to continue and make those plays.
“We just treat it like practice,” Cager said. “I just never let the game get too big. Moving on, we are going to continue to work.”