When Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter wants to wash away the pressure's of football, he turns to cello music. 

The only difference? Carter is playing it. 

Carter is an accomplished cello player who grew up loving the classical instrument because of its soothingly, sweet sound. These days, when he needs an escape, he'll pull out his cello and play. 

"When you get stressed out in one part of your life, it helps to have another," he said. 

Carter's had little to stress over on the football field. The 6-foot-6, 243-pound senior was one of the Bulldogs heroes at the Rose Bowl, blocking an Oklahoma field goal try in the second overtime that set up Georgia's walk-off win (a 27-yard run by Sony Michel) moments later. 

Now, Carter and the Bulldogs face Alabama for the national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

Carter credits his love of music to his parents, who emphasized a well-rounded background that included music. He learned to play several brass instruments like the tuba and the trombone when his high school did not have an outlet for cello players. 

When he first showed some Georgia teammates, Carter saw some eyebrows rise about his musical taste. "They didn't know what it was," Carter said, laughing. 

Carter, an NFL prospect, returned for his senior season to help Georgia try for a title. He's projected as a high-round selection in this year's draft. 

What if football doesn't work out? Could a musical future be next? 

"I don't think I'm good enough to be a professional (musician)," Carter said. "But I could get there. I could get there."