Freshman Update

Florida State freshman cornerback <b>Tony Carter</b> had hoped to play this season. However, Carter knew the best thing would be to take a redshirt season in order to gain weight and strength. And that's exactly what Carter is focusing on this year.

In case you are wondering, Tony Carter is doing just fine.

Carter, a freshman cornerback at Florida State, still has a quick smile and engaging personality.

This after more than two hours of football practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"Everything is going pretty good," Carter said.

"I am taking a redshirt season so I can try to gain some weight and get more strength."

Carter says he hopes to add 10 more pounds of muscle to his 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame. He doesn't think it will be a problem.

"Nah, I will be alright. I just need to eat," Carter said and laughed.

Carter says the transition from high school to college has been fun.

"School is going well. I am adjusting to my classes -- I like it," Carter said.

"The biggest thing is you have to here and there all times of the day. You are always on a tight schedule and you really can't do what you want to do.

"You are on somebody else's time It's more like a job now (laughing)."

Carter admitted when he first arrived he wanted to play. However, he knew the best decision would be to take a redshirt year.

"Everybody wants to play. I was thinking at first I wanted to get out there and play," Carter said. "But I started thinking I could save a year and it would work out in the end."

Known for his quick feet and athleticism, Carter clocked a 4.55 40 in summer testing despite running in tennis shoes and slipping slightly at the start. Carter also registered a 35-inch vertical jump and 4.0 second shuttle time (agility drills).

Carter, from Jacksonville, feels comfortable in his new surroundings for another reason. His father played hoops at FSU in the mid-1980s.


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