Carter Enjoying Chance To Shine At Flanker

Fifth-year senior enjoys his chance to become a regular, working at flanker as Chris Gamble concentrates primarily on offense.

It has been a long time coming, but fifth-year senior Drew Carter is enjoying his first chance to be a starter at flanker for the OSU football team.

With Chris Gamble concentrating on playing cornerback on defense, Carter has started all five games this season at flanker. Going into Saturday's Big Ten showdown with Wisconsin, Carter has 13 catches for 150 yards (11.5 average) and a touchdown.

"Drew's done a great job," said quarterback Craig Krenzel. "He has been nothing short of what I've expected from him. He's a great athlete. He's a physical kid. He knows the system real well. He is one of the best athletes I've ever seen. He's the kind of guy we want to get the ball in his hands as many times as possible."

The 6-4, 200-pound Carter, who boasts sub-4.3 second time in the 40-yard dash, had a career high six catches for 39 yards in OSU's triple overtime win over N.C. State. He then caught his first career touchdown a week later in the team's win over Bowling Green.

But, as the offense has sputtered, Carter is still waiting for his first true breakout game. A breakaway touchdown, say, Saturday night against the Badgers would change all of that.

"One of the things we need to do better is get the ball to Drew and let him use his speed," Krenzel noted.

Carter appeared to have his second career touchdown when he attempted a diving grab of a 30-yard pass in the end zone from Scott McMullen in the third quarter of OSU's 20-0 win over Northwestern. But the officials ruled the pass incomplete and, ultimately, there was no harm, no foul as OSU scored eight plays later on a pass from McMullen to tight end Ryan Hamby to take a 17-0 lead.

That doesn't change the fact that Carter thought he had scored, though.

"I caught it," he said. "I guess they said I didn't bring it in. But it's not like I bobbled it. They said I didn't have total control.

"Was I robbed? Oh, I don't want to blast anybody. I know I wish I had another touchdown."

One thing Carter is not doing is looking over his shoulder for Gamble to return to offense and take his place. With Gamble entrenched as the team's top cornerback, he would likely only be a spot player if and when he gets his next chance to play on offense.

"I know we would be potent with Chris over here," Carter said. "The defense would have to work hard. I know I would be excited to see him run reverses and run the deep route. I'm sure he will be back on the defensive side at some point. I know he will light it up sooner or later."

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