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Chris Carter/Fresno State football Videos
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Carter will need to become more polished in coverage and develop better reactions against the run if he wants to be an every-down player at the next level. His raw athleticism and repertoire of pass-rush skills make him an intriguing prospect in the fourth or fifth round for a team looking to add a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Positives: Explosive athlete with long arms and muscular frame. Good burst off the snap when rushing from the edge. Dips his shoulder and displays good balance when turning the corner against bigger offensive tackles. Above-average hip flexibility and agility to get low and maintain lean when he gets into the chest of bigger, stronger tackles off the edge. Able to get thin and burst through cracks in the line on inside stunts. Nice spin move back to the inside, using arm length to disengage and close on the quarterback. Maintains proper pad levels when rushing from a stand-up position. Possesses burst and acceleration to chase down ball carriers from behind on running plays. Extends arms against the run to hold off taller, wider blockers and maintain backfield vision to track the ballcarrier.
Negatives: Too small to play classic 4-3 end position at the next level, and has limited experience playing off the line. Lacks the bulk and power to shed bigger blockers and make plays against the run once he loses arm extension and leverage. Will give up pursuit on run plays that he feels are out of his range. Has limited experience playing in space and seems overwhelmed when dropping into zone coverage as a linebacker. Struggles to keep his eyes in the backfield while maintaining a track on receivers in his zone. Displays sluggish reaction to the run, getting a late start toward the ball carrier. Possesses instincts of a defensive end, but frame and physical makeup of a linebacker.
Carter, the 2010 WAC Defensive Player of the Year, was among the national sack leaders all season. He has been selected first-team All-WAC each of the last two seasons and finished his career with nearly 200 tackles and 19.5 sacks. During the 2010 season he led the WAC with 11 sacks and made 16.5 tackles for losses.
7th in the NCAA with 11.0 quarterback sacks; ranks 16th in the NCAA in TLF (16.5)...Fifth in the NCAA in forced fumbles with four (0.33 per game)...First-team All-WAC selection in 2009, played the entire season with a broken hand...Ranks 8th in Bulldog history for most career QB sacks (19.5)...Named National Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. NMSU with nine tackles, three sacks, four tackles for losses and forced two fumbles...Had a then career-high two-sack performance against Wisconsin in which he played nearly the whole game with a broken hand. Played with a padded cover to protect the rest of the season...In 2009 ranked fourth in the WAC and ranked 66th in the NCAA in tackles for losses with 13...Second-team All-WAC in 2008 despite playing two different positions...Started five games at outside linebacker and moved back to end and start the last eight games of the 2008 season...Had a then career-high 10 tackles against UCLA, where his brother, David, plays defensive end...Played defensive end all of 2007 as a true freshman...Has 199 tackles in his career, 36 for losses and 19.5 quarterback sacks.
First-team All-WAC in ‘09 despite playing with a club on his hand... Sixth in the WAC in quarterback sacks with four... Sixth in the WAC and ranks 62nd in the NCAA in tackles for losses with 10.5... Second-team All-WAC last season despite playing two different positions. Preseason All-WAC by several publications... Started five games at outside linebacker and moved back to end and started the last eight games of the 2008 season... Had a then career-high 10 tackles against UCLA, where his brother, David, plays defensive end... Played defensive end all of 2007 as a true freshman... Has 150 tackles in his career, with 20.5 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks... Had a career-high two-sack performance against Wisconsin in which he played nearly the whole game with a broken hand in 2009.
Played in all 13 games, starting 10 ... was second on the team in tackles with 88, 38 being solo ... had seven tackles for loss and four sacks ... had a season-high 11 tackles against Nevada and 10 tackles at UCLA ... had two tackles for a loss and two sacks against New Mexico State ... earned Second-Team All-WAC honors.
Had 11 solo tackles during his freshman year and four assisted for a total of 15 tackles on the season ... Recovered a fumble and had two tackles resulting in six yards lost.
Had 106 tackles and 21 quarterback sacks in his senior season ... selected third-team All-State ... named Academic All-State ... nominated for Red Zone Player of the Year ... inducted into the San Bernadino Hall of Fame ... named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in his league ... named to All-CIF, all-county and all-area teams ... in his junior season of high school, had 89 tackles and 13 sacks ... one blocked punt ... rated as the fifth-best outside linebacker in California by one recruiting service ... helped his team to a 10-3 record.
Born April 6, 1989 ... parents' names are LaGenia and David Carter ...has one brother David and one sister, Sadia ... studying philosophy/pre-law ... enjoys reading, watching films, and playing basketball ... brother, David, is a linebacker at UCLA ... also recruited by UCLA, Washington, Colorado St., Arizona St., Oregon St., Nevada, and Utah St.
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12/24/14 - LB Chris Carter (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
12/03/14 - LB Chris Carter, who spent three years with Pittsburgh, signed with the Bengals on Wednesday.
10/06/14 - OLB Chris Carter was waived by Indianapolis on Monday. Carter had been signed by the Colts as a free agent on Sept. 10 and played in one game with the team this season. He had been originally drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.
10/06/14 - LB Chris Carter was waived by the Colts Monday (Oct. 6).
09/10/14 - LB Chris Carter was signed by the Colts Tuesday (Sept. 9). Carter, 6-1, 248 pounds, has played in 29 games (four starts) with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past three seasons (2011-13) since being selected by the team in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. In 2013, Carter registered career highs of 13 games played (one start) and five special teams tackles.
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