DAY TWO PM: Former GaTech QB Pat Carter Speaks

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Pat Carter was supposed to be on his way back to the Tampa Bay area, where he had once excelled as a player at St. Petersburg's Lakewood High School. But, an audible was called by former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer. The screen star stepped into the lineup, offered a few words of wisdom, and helped deliver Carter to his alma mater.

(Pat Carter profile)

"I was going to USF to play quarterback," Carter said. "I started practicing with my brother more often, you know, Jesse Palmer and Don Hasselbeck said, "You'd be a great receiver. You've got great hands." So, I started working with them (at receiver). I had been working out with them all summer."

Carter's brother is former Auburn wide receiver Tim Carter, who now plays for the New York Giants. Carter and Palmer spent some time working out this summer and Palmer's favorable talk of the University of Florida prompted Carter (6-3 185) to talk to Coach Urban Meyer

"Jesse said that it (Gainesville) was a great place," he recalled. "They take care of the players during and after they graduate. So, I felt like this was a place that I can contribute and get degree."

"I didn't want to play receiver there (at Georgia Tech), because I felt like I went there to play quarterback," he continued. "I kind of felt betrayed, so I left. I talked to Coach Meyer (about two months ago) and he said that he'd give me a shot. He brought me up for a visit. Most of my film was at receiver. I also ran track 10.52 in the 100, so he gave me a shot. He said that if I can develop in his program then he'll give me a scholarship and we'll go from there."

It was a surprise to see Carter's name on the Florida roster Monday morning, when every rumor and the South Florida roster included him on the Bulls list. It also has to be comforting learning the Florida offense alongside fellow Lakewood High graduate Louis Murphy. Carter is listed as a sophomore on the Florida roster.

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