Mental vs. Physical

ATHENS - Reggie Carter prepares like a starter every day.

Ramik Wilson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading tackler, missed his fourth straight day of practices on Thursday.

There are still more than three weeks before Georgia opens against Clemson, plenty of time for the senior to be able to return for game action.

In the meantime, sophomore Reggie Carter out of South Gwinnett has stepped into Wilson’s first-team inside linebacker spot in practice.

“Shoot, I prepare like I do every game like I’m a starter,” said Carter, who had eight tackles in eight games last season. “I feel good out there. It’s just I’ve got to talk more to gain the coaches’ trust and the players’ trust, but I’m feeling pretty confident as the days go by.”

Wilson is on the practice field even though he’s not participating. He’s offered Carter pointers since he sustained the injury.

“He got a little banged up in the head,” Carter said.

Georgia hasn’t confirmed Wilson sustained a concussion.

Wilson, a senior from Tampa, had 133 tackles last season in his first year as a starter.

“He’s taking mental reps,” inside linebacker Amarlo Herrea said. “Mental reps are just as good as physical reps. You’ve got to play it mentally before you can play it physically.”

Herrera said he didn’t know when Wilson would return to practice. “I hope soon,” Herrera said.