Brian Carter started on the Temple University football team’s defensive line in Week 7 last year.
He started on the offensive line in Week 9.
Being able to make the switch said a lot about his abilities as well as the difficult situation the Owls found themselves in a year ago as they dealt with injuries on offense.
As the Owls prepare to close spring practice with the Cherry and White Game on Saturday, Carter will line up at right guard. If it’s up to the redshirt sophomore and coaching staff, he won’t move for the next three years.
“I feel very comfortable, I feel like I have a home now,” said Carter. “I feel like I’m going to keep working and getting better and perfecting my craft.”
The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder admitted starting on both sides of the line in a three-week period was challenging.
“Yeah, it was crazy,” said Carter. “I think I could have done better. I just wasn’t as locked in as I should have been.”
Carter played on the defensive line in the fall of his true freshmen year, then moved to offense in the spring. He was back on defense in the fall last year until making the switch back to offense in mid-season.
Head coach Matt Rhule envisions Carter as an all-conference caliber player at right guard.
“I thought he was an o-lineman the whole time, he just wouldn’t listen to me,” said Rhule. “He still has a lot to learn, but he’s powerful, he’s one of the strongest guys on the team at a young age, smart, competitive, good athlete.”
Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield couldn’t be happier that Carter’s game of musical chairs ended with him on the offensive line.
"It's been great, he's a physical talent," said Satterfield. "When I first saw him in high school, I said 'Man, you're a guard or center.' To have him the whole offseason, learn how to punch and move his feet, his demeanor is totally different. The mentality is totally different on the offensive line, but he's bought into the group and the group's bought into him.
"He has a very high ceiling. He's nowhere near where he's going to end up, but he's going to help us up front running the football with that physical nature and being athletic."
Carter feels there’s a lot more that goes into playing offense with needing proper footwork and technique, where defense is more instinctive and going straight forward. He enjoys both sides and is glad he’s had the opportunity, though is also happy his moving back and forth is coming to an end.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, I like both sides, but I’ll do whatever for my team,” he said . “I’m starting to like it on offense. I think I’m here to stay.”
Brian Carter has found home on O-line
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