Carter Makes the Most of His Opportunity

It was a pretty big surprise when Nic Harris got the call to start at middle linebacker against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. That move opened up the door for Quinton Carter at safety, and he did not disappoint anyone with his play, as he led the team in tackles.

After being told on Monday and Tuesday by Bob Stoops that the same old suspects would be in the mix for the middle linebacker job that was vacated by the injured Ryan Reynolds it was quite a surprise that Nic Harris got the call to man the spot.

When Harris moved down to MLB it opened up a spot at safety and it would be junior Quinton Carter who earned the job.

"I am real happy about it," Carter said. "I am just having fun."

"I was just having fun just helping out the team. I got my opportunity and I tried to make the best of it."

After getting the nod Carter just tried to make sure and play well so that he could earn even more playing time.

"That was really my main goal," Carter said with a nod. "I knew if I played well that they would keep me there."

From his vantage point Carter felt like Nic Harris had a pretty good day at middle linebacker.

"Nic is a great player," Carter beamed. "He made a good adjustment. He stepped up and made plays. I can't even tell that it was his first day playing ‘mike'."

Carter seemed to play stronger and stronger as the game progressed, but he acknowledged that the extra snaps in practice throughout the week is what helped prepare him for the speed of the college game.

"Practice was the biggest preparation for me," Carter said about the biggest factor for his strong play against KU. "That was our base defense throughout the whole week."

In the end Carter was just proud to be out there helping the Sooners on to a victory against the 16th best team in the country.

"You know, Kansas isn't a bad team; top ranked," Carter said of the match-up. "So that really did boost my confidence going in and having to step up against a top ranked opponent."

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