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Georgia Bulldogs Jalen Carter Saved His Biggest Performance for the Tennessee Vols

April 26, 2023

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ATHENS - Just like that, Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter dropped Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker in the end zone

Sanford Stadium erupted in euphoria as it appeared Carter had scored either a safety on Hooker, by tackling him in the end zone, or by being held in the end zone. It was also possible that Carter had scored a touchdown. 

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One way or the other, Carter had given the Bulldogs all the momentum they would need to take firm control of the game between the two No. 1 teams in the country. A score was not awarded to the Dawgs - to Kirby Smart’s confusion and despite his pleading. But two plays later Georgia scored in the same end zone Carter had seemingly scored himself. 

Georgia was up 14-3 on the Vols. Another possession later, and another Stetson Bennett touchdown throw later, the game was all but over with Georgia cruising to a 21-3 lead. The moment was one of a slew that showed how Carter could take hold of a game. 

The Florida native arrived in Athens in the midst of the mess that was the 2020 season. Two years later he leaves UGA with two national titles, and as one of the most sought-after players in the 2023 NFL Draft. Right now, Carter has -180 odds to be the 5th selection in the draft to the Seattle Seahawks, according to Fanduel.

Carter was devastating in high school at Apopka - playing offense, defense and serving as the team’s punter (and he was a very good punter for the record). Carter played great in big moments, but it was the Vols he got the best of more often than anyone else. 

Carter was a monster against the Vols ending his career with 9 tackles, 4 QB hurries, 2 tackles for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and a touchdown reception.

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