Duron Carter

Duron Carter leaves FAU; NFL next?


The up-and-down (mostly down) collegiate career of Duron Carter has apparently come to an end.

FAU head coach Carl Pelini confirmed to OwlReport.com Saturday that the mercurial wide receiver has left the football program.  The website went on to write that “[i]t is believed that Carter will make himself eligible for the upcoming NFL draft.”

Neither the player nor anyone connected to the redshirt junior have confirmed the report, although leaving college in the rear-view is likely the wisest tack to take.

The Owls were the fourth collegiate stop for Carter, son of former star NFL receiver Cris Carter, the past three years, with academics serving as a significant hurdle at nearly every one of them.

Carter was declared academically ineligible for Ohio State’s appearance in the Rose Bowl game following the 2009 regular season, an issue that also kept him out of spring practice in 2010.  He left the Buckeyes in June of that year and enrolled at a junior college in Kansas.

After transferring to Alabama in April of 2011 from the JUCO ranks, eligibility issues again involving academics kept him from practicing with the Tide until late August.  It was announced in late September of 2011 that Carter would not play at all that season and would instead take a redshirt.  He was suspended for spring practice this year, which prompted him to take his leave of Tuscaloosa and officially transfer to FAU.

An appeal for a hardship waiver that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility was denied in mid-September.  OwlReport.com writes that, after that decision, Carter “worked with the scout team for part of the season but in the final weeks of the season, was given permission to miss practice to concentrate on school work.”

The 6-5, 205-pound Carter was a four-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2009 recruiting class, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 11 receiver in the country.  As a true freshman, he caught 13 passes for 176 yards.  Apparently, those will be the only catches he makes at the FBS level; whether he can catch on at the NFL level — likely as an undrafted free agent — remains to be seen.

Duron Carter’s hardship waiver denied

Ohio State heading for Rose Bowl

We know some many all of you are ready to move on from any and all news involving former Ohio State and Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter.

Good news for you. Barring a major off-the-field issue, you won’t have to hear about him for the foreseeable future. FAU coach Carl Pelini said that Carter’s request for a hardship waiver allowing the receiver to play this season has been denied, per FAUOwlAccess.com. Carter will still practice with the team and will be eligible in 2013 as a senior.

News of the ruling apparently came last week.

Carter landed at FAU last month after a one-year stint with the Tide. Coincidental enough, the Owls travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend to play Alabama, the second stop Carter’s collegiate journey (f you want to call it that).

Duron Carter officially with FAU

Ohio State heading for Rose Bowl

With his days at Ohio State and Alabama officially behind him, receiver Duron Carter has started his time with FAU.

Following up on a report that Carter was headed to FAU, the receiver is enrolled in the school and participated in practice Saturday with the Owls, according to FAUOwlAccess.com. 

“I am happy for him,” said Carter’s father, former NFL receiver Cris Carter. “Coach Pelini and coach Sims have given him a chance. He’s glad to have a chance and he’s glad to be home”

Carter had academic related issues at Ohio State and Alabama. He is expected to apply for a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately.

Ex-Ohio State, Bama WR Duron Carter looking at FAU?

Ohio State heading for Rose Bowl

The last anyone officially heard of Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter, he was sitting out spring practice because of a suspension. Since then, the rumor mill has churned out a Nick Saban quote or three about Carter’s unlikely future with the team.

According to one report from FAUOwlAccess.com, Carter is already looking at another school, FAU:

According to the source, Carter recently applied for admission to FAU, but has yet to be accepted. He is also in the process of petitioning the NCAA for a transfer waiver, which would keep him from having to sit out a year before playing.

Carter is hoping to receive the exemption because he would be transferring to be close to his family. Cris Carter has been a South Florida resident for nearly two decades.

A transfer to the Owls, or any place for that matter, would be Carter’s third major collegiate stop. If he is granted a waiver by the NCAA, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. Likewise, if the waiver is denied, he will sit out the 2012 season and have one year of eligibility left.

The son of NFL wide receiver Chris Carter began his career at Ohio State, but academic issues would ultimately cut his time in Columbus short. He transferred briefly to Coffeyeville (Kansas) Community College before arriving in Tuscaloosa.

Duron Carter plays role of Jordan Jefferson for Tide this week

Ohio State heading for Rose Bowl

Ex-Ohio State receiver Duron Carter won’t be making an impact for Alabama on the field this year, but he’s helping the Tide prepare for their Nov. 5 game against LSU in any way he can.

Namely, practicing as LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Jefferson, known as more of a runner than true passer, is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds; Carter is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds.

Since being reinstated to LSU‘s team in late September after his charge for his involvement in an August bar fight was reduced to simply battery, Jefferson has seen the field in limited roles behind starter Jarrett Lee. In four games this season, Jefferson has only attempted 10 passes. Against Tennessee, though, Jefferson rushed 14 times for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Alabama hasn’t dealt with a running threat at quarterback like Jefferson all year. How much of an impact, if any, will Jefferson have on the college football’s No. 1 scoring defense? TBD, but the Tide are preparing for all possible scenarios.