Lack of experience not an issue for Carter

New FSU running backs coach confident he can "get the job done" despite being a relative newcomer to the coaching ranks.

Dexter Carter's coaching resume may not match up with that of the rest of the new coaches he joined at Florida State this offseason, but his experience with the position goes without question.

Carter played running back at FSU from 1986-89 and spent seven seasons in the NFL.

"Just being able to play running back all of my life, learning how to coach the position is not even an issue," Carter said. "I'm going to do exactly the things that I've learned and what all the great coaches have done for me and taught me.

"Coach (Bobby) Bowden brought me here for a reason. He brought me here with trust to be able to get the job done.

Bowden added Carter to his coaching staff in January following the resignation of long-time position coach Billy Sexton. Entering his first spring with the Seminoles, the Baxley, Ga. native is confident that his knowledge of the position will translate well to his players and FSU's new offensive philosophy.

"It's just getting out there and being able to take the plays that we're trying to put in and appropriately implement drills that correlate with what we're trying to do on the field," Carter said. "So far I think I've been successful at that."

While Bowden monitors his coaches routinely, he said that he does not question Carter's ability to teach the running backs or feel the need to watch over him in particular.

"He'll get the feel of it," Bowden said. "I've watched him on some of his drills and they're good. I'm sure he's doing things that they did with San Francisco and some of the other teams he was with."

Florida State's running game has struggled the past few seasons, but with the talent Carter believes he has in the backfield and the benefit of a veteran offensive line coach like Rick Trickett, it is a challenge he's looking forward to.

"Our running backs — they've got some kills," Carter said. "We're just going to keep pushing and raising expectations and trying to get everything that we can out of what they have to offer. We talk about maximizing their ability in what we want them to do and that's what our goal is.

"If we implement the appropriate plays for the running backs that we have and create the plays to their strengths this offense is going to gallop well ahead of what they were last year. We're going to be a better running team."


Carter was a standout rusher for
the Seminoles in the late 80s.


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