Carter Louisville's jack-of-all-trades

Pat Carter, a junior transfer from Georgia Tech, will see action all over the field this season for Louisville. An athletic playmaker, Carter will play wide receiver and return punts for the Cardinals. Might he also get some snaps at quarterback?

Pat Carter is Louisville's jack-of-all-trades.

A transfer from Georgia Tech, Carter can – and likely will – see action all over the field for the Cardinals this season.

One of the team's most explosive – and versatile - athletes, Carter might flourish into one of Bobby Petrino's biggest playmakers on an offense loaded with them. Though he'll see most of his snaps this season at wide receiver, the 6'3, 200 pound Carter can also play quarterback. He'll also return punts in his spare time.

"I'm just out here working hard trying to learn the system," Carter said.

During his first two seasons in Atlanta, Carter proved himself one of the better punt returners in the ACC. For Carter, fielding punts is a big deal.

"The way I see it when I'm back there I try to put my team in the best position," Carter explained. "Every punt doesn't need to be caught. I figure field position is everything and that's what wins or loses games."

So what makes Carter an effective return man?

"You have to be confident in your ability," he said.

Carter will add excitement to the
Louisville offense this season.

While Carter doesn't lack confidence in his ability, he does admit having a little anxiety about taking the field against Kentucky after sitting out the past year following his transfer.

"I'm beyond nervous," Carter said. "But I figure while I'm nervous, I'm still confident because I know my assignments and my abilities. Once the first hit comes, everything will slow down and come back to me."

Besides his responsibilities at wide receiver and returning punts, Carter also took significant reps at quarterback last spring. In the spring game, Carter directed the offense to two scores behind center and took snaps during the first few days of fall camp at quarterback. Considered one of the top quarterbacks as a senior in high school, Carter provides Petrino an athletic dimension behind center that neither Brian Brohm nor Hunter Cantwell do.

"That just comes natural, I've been playing quarterback all my life," said Carter. "I've only been playing receiver since I got to the University of Louisville. So quarterback is second nature to me."

Might Petrino mix things up this season with some direct snaps to No. 4?

"I'm hoping," Carter said. "I'm working hard to convince Coach Petrino to do that."

That would give opposing defenses even more nightmares trying to prepare for the Louisville offense.

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