Reggie Carter has had a long list of injuries during his playing career, but his motivation to help the team is what keeps him so resilient.
Carter has dealt with shoulder and knee injuries along with concussions during his time at the University of Georgia. He even missed his junior year of high school football due to a torn ACL, so injuries are no foreign subject for the Bulldogs starting inside linebacker, but you have to wonder what makes him continue to fight back from these injuries.
Carter made it abundantly clear that it was the team and his teammates that made him so resilient throughout all of his injuries.
“My teammates and coaches. They trust me and I trust them. Those guys are like family to me and they motivate me to get ready and come back to play each day,” said Carter. “It felt great to be great. It is very difficult to miss games.”
The Bulldogs are already without inside linebacker Natrez Patrick, who will serve the final game of his four-game suspension this weekend so getting Carter back to full health for last week’s 42-7 victory over the Florida Gators was very important and his effort to get back played a huge role in that. Although Carter does give the Bulldogs some experience back at inside linebacker, he was still very impressed with the play of some of the younger guys.
“The young guys like Juwan Taylor, Monty Rice and the other guys were phenomenal. Even when I got back, they still built on what they did the previous week,” said Carter. “They continue to get better and come to practice hard every day.”
Getting Carter’s experience back on the field for the final portion of this season will give the defense a huge boost and perhaps they should give Carter some thanks for his relentless effort to get back healthy for his team after a number of major injuries.
Carter should be commended for his will to help his team and he should play a major role in how the defense performs in these final weeks of the season.