Earning Nebraska’s Most Improved Player award in 2015, Carter caught 24 balls for 329 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Carter also had a 32-yard touchdown run on a reverse against Rutgers.
Down the stretch the junior had 10 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the final three games. His play earned him honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.
Nebraska graduate assistant Tavita Thompson, who works with the Huskers' tight ends, challenged senior tight end Cethan Carter last year. The question Thompson asked Carter, do you want to be a pass catching tight end or a complete tight end?
Carter responded, proving to be one of the biggest blockers on the edge for the Nebraska running game late in the season.
Now Nebraska fans hope the gifted athlete’s late season charge wasn’t a fluke last season. The Louisiana native could be a major mismatch for defenses in 2016.
“The things he can do route wise and running, that is all great. We continue to work on it. But the things he was deficient at, we went after hard,” said Thompson. “He has been near flawless with it.”
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.