Georgia freshman Reggie Carter continues to be productive at inside linebacker, but he‚Äôs still poised to begin his Georgia career in a backup capacity.
Junior Ramik Wilson and returning starter Amarlo Herrera remain ahead of Carter, coach Mark Richt said.
‚ÄúRight this minute I would say that Reggie would play for either one of them if they couldn‚Äôt play or needed a blow,‚Äù Richt said.
Herrera heads a group that lost NFL first-round draft pick Alec Ogletree.
‚ÄúWe work hard and get everybody lined up,‚Äù Herrera said. ‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt try to do anything that‚Äôs not us. We don‚Äôt try to be Superman. We just play.‚Äù
Said Wilson: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve still got little things to work on, but as a whole we‚Äôre looking really good. We‚Äôve got to get a couple of more things right, get calls better to help out the whole defense, but other than that we‚Äôre coming along good.‚Äù
The inside linebacker group includes freshman Tim Kimbrough from Indianapolis, who was on track to play at least special teams before spraining a knee. Johnny O‚ÄôNeal, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound freshman from Dublin who defensive coordinator Todd Grantham described as a ‚Äúbig, physical guy,‚Äù caught Richt‚Äôs eye on Friday with a punishing hit on a running back.
‚ÄúI saw a big hit out of Johnny O‚ÄôNeal today,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúKnocked a guy back. I grabbed him and said, ‚ÄòThat‚Äôs why we signed you, son,’ because he‚Äôs a big thumper. He‚Äôs a guy who‚Äôs stout in that hole inside.‚Äù