Carter Enjoying Multiple Roles This Spring

Senior Kenneth Carter talks about making a move outside to defensive end this spring and what it takes to play inside and outside.

Auburn, Ala.—A three-year contributor at defensive tackle for the Auburn football Tigers, it has been a spring of change for senior Kenneth Carter.

Splitting his time between tackle and defensive end for Coach Rodney Garner, Carter says getting the opportunity to get back outside has been a fun time for him as he tries to find a way to get on the field this fall.

"It's a great experience for me," Carter says. "I played it in high school, but anything to just help out the team. If I affect it better on the outside, I'm going to do it."

"I like it very well," he adds. "I did a lot of it in high school and it kind of makes me feel like I'm back in high school. The kid is coming back out of me, just being out in space and trying to make plays."

At 6-4, 287 pounds Carter has the size to play inside, but he's not the massive defensive tackle that many teams are looking for in this era of college football. More ideally suited to play some defensive end, especially in early downs, Carter says that he's making the adjustment to playing back outside and so far so good.

"I think I've progressed pretty well," he says. "I've gotten a little faster. I've toned down a little bit and just working on my speed right now. I think I've progressed pretty well though."

In three years Carter has 12 career starts with 10 of those coming in the 2011 season. Playing in all 12 games last season the junior had just 17 tackles and one tackle for a loss as the Tigers struggled to make plays up front. For his career he has 44 total stops from his interior position.

Now transitioning to playing outside as well as taking snaps at tackle, he says the two positions are similar in some ways, but there are definite differences in how he has to approach each.

"Being on the inside at defensive tackle, you've got to hold on and power scoops more, on your gap a little more," Carter says. "And then you've got to transition to pass rush a lot. Being at the end, your transition to pass rush is easier, just being out in space and stuff. I've just got to keep on grinding."

Working at end along with Nosa Eguae while sharing time with Gabe Wright inside at tackle, Carter says that his focus at the moment is getting better on the field under the guidance of Garner and helping the Tigers turn things around this fall. After a tough 2012 season he notes that this spring has been a good one for him and he's just looking forward to having his chance to show what he can do.

"It's a great experience," Carter says. "I'm just going to try to take it as one step at a time, just try to help the team the best way I can. I'm going to give it my all, 110 percent."


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