Former Tiders Moving Up in Coaching

Antonio Carter is the latest former Tide player to take a step into the football coaching profession. Carter secured a position as a student assistant under Mike Price at the University of Texas-El Paso for the 2005 season.

"Antonio Carter has been hired as a student assistant. I'm not sure what his role is. I'm not sure the coaches know either. He's not going to be in an official capacity until June," UTEP associate AD for media relations Jeff Darby said Wednesday.

After starring for the Crimson Tide from 1999-2001, Carter couldn't recover from a broken leg to contribute on the field, but made his presence known as a player-coach while trying to recover in 2002-2004. That attitude obviously made an impression on Mike Price during his brief tenure at Alabama.

Carter has been in El Paso observing the Miners' ongoing spring practices, but will not officially begin at UTEP until later in the summer.

In March, Alabama graduate assistant Jason Jones left Alabama to be the cornerbacks coach at Tulsa. Jones, a Tuscaloosa native, played for Alabama from 1997-2000 and had been a graduate assistant at Alabama for two seasons.

Paul Hogan also lettered from 1997-2000, and had been a graduate assistant at Alabama for three years before accepting a position at Clemson earlier this year.

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