When Ramik Wilson and Reggie Carter showed up for interviews after Georgia’s second spring scrimmage Saturday, Carter couldn’t help but notice most reporters flocking to Wilson.
Carter is a sophomore backup inside linebacker. Ahead of him are Wilson and Amarlo Herrera, the No. 1 and 3 tacklers in the SEC last season.
Both quarterback Hutson Mason and tailback Todd Gurley mentioned Wilson for his play in the scrimmage.
“Several times we tried to hand off the ball and got two or three yards,” Mason said. “Sometimes that’s going to happen, especially in this league, but you look around and there’s Ramik again. I remember coming over one time and I’m like `Man, dude, are we not doubling?’ talking to the O-line about Ramik. They’re just like, ‘He made a good play.’ It’s good to see them make plays, too.”
Carter is trying to show he can be counted on, too.
“I feel like if I keep progressing and get the coaches’ trust, I will play,” Carter said.
Herrera and Wilson have stuck with the starters all spring even while defensive linemen in front of them and defensive backs behind them have shuttled in and out of the first team depending on the day.
“I’m just reading the offense,” Wilson said. “I see certain plays. I know when they’re doing zone, I go hit it in the backfield. I’m trying to set the tone for the defense and make plays.”
That doesn’t mean Carter can’t earn some snaps.
Carter shared the tackle lead in the first scrimmage and on Saturday he dropped back into coverage and snagged an interception.
“He’s coming along,” Wilson said. “That’s only going to make us better and push us harder.”
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s new defense has seemed to push Gurley harder.
“Linebackers are more close,” he said. “They’re like three yards away so it’s like so hard. Like leads or zones, you’ve really got to press your track to get them boys flowing just to get the line to block them because if not then they’re going to be right there on you.”