Redshirt senior DL lands honor after explosive performance against Florida Atlantic

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After a defensive rampage on Saturday night, Florida Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter was named SEC co-Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Florida downed Florida Atlantic in the home opener, 35-14, and Carter’s performance on field was a key factor in shutting down Willie Taggert and the Owls offense. 

The redshirt senior tallied four combined tackles to wreak havoc with three takedowns behind the line of scrimmage. Carter strip sacked FAU senior quarterback N’Kosi Perry in the first quarter to bolster his career-high three sacks.

The Tampa native’s three sacks is tied for most in a game since former UF lineman Jonathan Greenard’s performance in 2019 against Florida State.

Cater credited his teammates for igniting the spark and he expects to put up big numbers on his stat card this season.

“I have to give credit to my backend. They did a great job covering the line and helping me get
back there,” Carter said. “I want to give credit to my guys inside for giving me that push. It was just one of those
games and I was feeling it tonight. I’m excited for this year. I’m planning on having a big year.”

Carter shares Defensive Lineman of the Week with Georgia Bulldogs nose guard Jordan Davis, who helped his defensive unit to shut down the Clemson Tigers to three points in a prime time matchup.

Carter returns home on a road trip down I-75 to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for a bout with the South Florida Bulls. Kick off is set for 1 p.m and the game will be broadcast on the ABC Network.

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