Alphonso Carter has moved from wide receiver to cornerback for Louisville's football team; he calls the move a 'challenge' but wants to play

University of Louisville junior Alphonso Carter called a position change from wide receiver to cornerback "very challenging," but is hoping the move will get him onto the field for the Cardinals.

Alphonso Carter has endured a tough year.

The junior college transfer came to the University of Louisville last spring hoping to work his way into the rotation at wide receiver with the Cardinals. The former four-star wide receiver had originally signed with Tennessee and played in five games there as a true freshman.

But Carter was injured during his season at Iowa Western and never fully recovered.

"It started when I was still at Tennessee," Carter said. "It just kept trickling to year after year."

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Carter said his hamstring in both legs "kept getting injured," and he never played in a game last season at U of L. He did change his name - from Paul Harris - during his first season with the Cardinals, but never played on the field.

"It was very frustrating," Carter said. "I know I am good enough to play and I was just hoping to get out there and prove I could but I was just battling hamstring injuries back to back."

U of L coach Bobby Petrino said prior to spring practice that he "wanted to get" Carter on the field and the staff decided to try and make him a cornerback. Petrino said "his injuries were happening when he went past 35 yards."

"You don't have to do that as much as a defensive back," Carter said. "The staff did studies and tried to see what I was doing wrong. It was 30-40 yards down the field. So I don't do that as much (on defense)."

Carter said the move has been "challenging" and noted he has "a long way to go," but he's hoping it will get him on the field.

"I just want to play," Carter said. "I'm competitive and I know I can help this team."

Harris, a former four-star wide receiver out Accokeek, Md., near Washington D.C., spent one season at Tennessee but said it "just didn't work out" for him. He left after one season and sat out his season at Iowa Western.

A native of Upper Marlboro, Md., Harris was one of the top receivers in the country in the Class of 2013. He picked Tennessee over USC and Oregon in the end.

As a senior in 2012, Harris hauled in 32 receptions for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns to help lead Frederick Douglass to a second-consecutive Class 2A state runner-up finish. He kicked a 26-yard game-winning field goal during one of his team's playoff wins that season.

In 2013, Harris played in five games at Tennessee and caught one pass for 15 yards.

Now, he's hoping to make it on the field on defense.

"I've never played defense before," he said. "It's different for sure but I just want to play."


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