High School: Archbishop Rummel HS (LA)
Getting a chance to play as a true freshman, Carter finished the year with 10 catches for 127 yards over 13 contests. While his freshman campaign was nothing to sneeze at, his season might be more categorized as what could have been.
The Louisiana native found himself open downfield multiple times, but a pass was just out of his reach or underthrown.
From a freshman who was swimming to leader of the tight end group, it’s the spot Carter finds himself in going into 2014. Jake Long is gone due to graduation, meaning the sophomore has more game reps and starts than anyone on the roster at tight end.
“I just looked around and realized that I had the most experience of the group, so I took it upon myself to help the other younger tight ends,” Carter told Big Red Report on Monday night. “I’m the most experienced guy, so it’s a lot to deal with.”
While it’s a lot to deal with, Carter does admit things have gotten easier for him than exactly one year ago.
“Knowing the offense and the playbook. I don’t have to worry about things like that,” said Carter. “It’s a lot different. It’s easier…I just want to grind out and make every chance I get worth it.”
Increased amount of chances might be coming.
“Tommy [Armstrong] and I work a lot. I think we have a lot of chemistry under our belt,” said Carter. “I just hope we can connect and make some big plays together.”
BRR projection: While many feel the tight end isn’t used necessarily a lot in Tim Beck’s offensive scheme, the question might be – has Beck really had a tight end he truly was excited about on the roster? Even a guy like Kyler Reed battled injuries late in his career, which made him less effective at times.
Carter seems to be the perfect blend between a Reed and the typical Nebraska tight end on the roster. While the Louisiana product would be the first to tell you his blocking could improve, he’s got the skills to be an effective tight end not only for Tommy Armstrong, but Ameer Abdullah as well.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Seeing his recruitment blow up late in the process, Carter was used multiple ways for Rummel in high school. Playing in a run-heavy offense, he recorded 23 receptions for 418 yards and five touchdowns for the state champion Raiders during his senior year.
His recruitment went all the way into January, when he decided to commit to Nebraska after receiving an in-home visit from Coach Pelini. He chose the Huskers over schools like LSU (grey-shirt), Miami, Memphis, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida International.