Minnesota A to Z: Eric Carter

Minnesota sophomore wide receiver Eric Carter has had a nondescript first few years on campus after redshirting in 2013 and playing limited snaps as a redshirt freshman last year. Expectations for the Florida receiver are high after showing in spring practice that he can be a serious contributor for the Gophers offense this fall.

Minnesota sophomore wide receiver Eric Carter has had a nondescript first few years on campus after redshirting in 2013 and playing limited snaps as a redshirt freshman last year. Expectations for the Florida receiver are high after showing in spring practice that he can be a serious contributor for the Gophers offense this fall.

Gopher Digest continues our Minnesota A-to-Z series with the sophomore wide receiver hoping to secure his role as a dependable target for Gopher junior quarterback Mitch Leidner.

Best-Case Scenario:
Carter emerges as Leidner's new go-to receiver with the departure of Maxx Williams. As spring ball moved on, Carter was seeing more and more reps with the first team and Minnesota has been looking for that reliable receiver across the middle. If the sophomore receiver can establish himself as a receiver that can consistently find space between defenders and have adequate hands, there will be a role for him in the Gophers offense this fall.

Worst-Case Scenario
Carter fails to distinguish himself as one of the team's best wide receivers and cedes the role to promising freshman Melvin Holland. Holland and Carter split reps this past spring and where Holland may have more athletic ability than the sophomore, Carter has shown more reliable hands.

If Holland cleans up his issues with drops that he had this spring, it's plausible that the two could split equal time at receiver this fall.

Development Vs. Recruiting Ranking
Carter was a two-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of high school and he chose Minnesota over Missouri, Cincinnati, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Marshall, Iowa State, Toledo and Bowling Green.

Carter's offers show that many school valued him over his two-star status, but after a redshirt season and seeing limited snaps last year, Carter showed this spring that he's capable of big things. The question will be if what fans and coaches saw this spring will translate over to the field this fall as Leidner needs a dependable possession receiver and Carter could be it.

Quote to note
"He’s done a nice job, he really has," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said. "He’s improved a bunch, probably as much as anybody."
- Gophers head coach Jerry Kill

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