Lorenzo Carter had a great chance of getting drafted in the last NFL draft, but he has no regrets with his decision of staying and helping lead the Bulldogs to an impressive season.
Carter and the Bulldogs defense have had a vast improvement in year two under head coach Kirby Smart and they are one of the nation’s strongest groups. Carter’s return has definitely played a large role in that and he has not only helped improve the defense but also himself in a number of ways.
“I just wanted to be a complete player and an all-around player. I think I’ve done that,” said Carter. “I also wanted to become a better leader and I’ve done that too. I’ve been just working on myself as a player.”
Coach Smart often highlights the senior leadership and the effect that they have had in helping build the culture he wants around the program. Smart can definitely credit Carter with this and he has to be pleased with how Carter has continued to grow and develop as not only a player but one of the team’s major leaders.
Carter set his focus on becoming a better leader for some of the younger players on the team and it should pay off for players like Walter Grant and Robert Beal. He talked about how important it was to him to help these younger guys develop.
“It’s all about experience. We all have it and we just want to shine the light onto the younger players,” said Carter. “We’ve made mistakes, but we just want to make sure that they don’t make the same mistakes.”
The Bulldogs have a talented group of linebackers and they will definitely appreciate Carter staying for his senior year and helping them in their growth and development.
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