Josh Carter Talks Position Change

Josh Carter played offensive line at Eastern Arizona College prior to coming to BYU. He was recruited by Coach Garret Tujague to play for him on the offensive line at the next level. Heading into 2014, Carter has made a switch and will play for Coach Steve Kaufusi on the defensive line.

With just one year left to play at the college level, Josh Carter will now compete to shore up BYU's defensive line. It may seem a daunting task at this level, but coming in at 6-5, 296-pounds, Carter fits the big body type Coach Kaufusi is looking for to play the four technique at defensive end for BYU or even contribute at nose tackle.

"As you know this is my first time playing defense here at BYU and it is a blast," Carter said. "Coaches came to me and said, ‘Hey, do you want to make a switch?' I was like, ‘Coach, I'll do whatever you want me to do' and they stuck with it. Having this opportunity here, I think it's a phenomenal opportunity."

Despite being given a new position, Carter feels he is excelling at a rapid pace. He credits his growth as a newly converted defensive lineman to the teaching and evaluation ability of the coaching staff found at BYU.

"I feel like the only reason I am where I am now is because of the coaching," said Carter. "I've never had better coaching in my entire life. For them to come to me and say, ‘Hey, we know you're not going to be perfect, or even great, or good, but we need your fundamentals to be here. Let's work on your fundamentals. Then they just sit there and they hash out things with you. We go to film, we go to weight lifting, we go to practice and that's key."

The biggest focus for Carter is developing the fundamentals his new position on the defensive line requires. He is now learning how to use the very techniques and leverage he had to, at one time, block against.

"You know, there's lot of things that we need to pick up on, but we're making sure our fundamentals are very sound," said Carter. "That's the key. I just feel like everything the coaches have taught us is if the fundamentals are there then we're going to win games. We are working hard on being fundamentally sound, and I think we're in a good position to be great."

Coach Kaufusi has more quality depth on the defensive line this year than he's had for a while. Carter joins a young group full of talent with a keen goal in mind this season.

"We have Graham Rowley, We have Travis Tuiloma, Kesni Tausinga, and even some young guys like JonRyheem Peoples and some other guys," Carter said. "At the beginning of the semester we were like, ‘Wow, we're young!' but then we get out on the field. We may be young but we're physical, and that's what we're going to try and pride ourselves on."

During spring camp Coach Kaufusi has been rotating the defensive line every three plays. Much of that was to keep people who've just returned home from missions form potential injuries while giving others a chance to receive playing time. Because of the depth along the defensive line, Carter isn't sure if the practice will continue come the regular season.

"You know, I honestly don't know. I mean, but that's how we're playing now," said Carter. "I haven't played with the defense before, but from what I saw today they're letting them go in there and make a stand, try and make a stop, and then rotate. If guys need a blow because there's a long drive, get them out. [The coaches will] switch them out if needed."

Last Saturday, Carter got a chance to put some of his new technique to practice as BYU held a live scrimmage at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Over the course of spring camp, Carter had been primarily playing nose tackle, but during the live scrimmage he got a chance to play some defensive end and isn't sure if he'll stick to one position or play both come August.

"I honestly don't know," Carter said with a chuckle. "[Saturday] I got some end in but most of the time I'm playing nose. We just have some guys we have to fill some spots for, so I'm just going wherever Coach Kaufusi wants me to go."

During the scrimmage last Saturday, the defense forced four turnovers in the first ‘live' action of the spring. Carter was impressed with the results and the performance of his new teammates on the defensive side.

"I just think these guys have been working so hard, and I see them out there with a chance to go live and hit hard it great to see," Carter said. "They did not fall short of expectations. In fact, I was very impressed. I was very happy with my teammates."

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