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.
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.
The drawn-out drama that’s been Duron Carter‘s attempt to gain eligibility to play for Alabama appears to have come to an end, at least for this season.
Head coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday evening that the JUCO transfer will take a redshirt this season and will not play for the Tide in 2011. Carter will apparently attempt to become academically eligible this year, with the hope being he’ll be available for spring practice and 2012 and beyond.
Carter, the son of Ohio State legend Cris Carter, has been sidelined as the school awaited transcript information it needed from his former junior college. It doesn’t appear that information will be forthcoming; therefore, the wide receiver will not play this season.
“There’s one piece of information we did not receive and have not ever received, and may not ever receive,” Saban said. “So as of right now he has to be here a year in residence to be eligible. So, he’ll still have two years to play after that, but as of right now it doesn’t look like he will be eligible for this season.”
It was reported back in late August that he had enrolled at the school and began practicing with the team shortly thereafter. The transcript issues, however, kept him off the playing field as the Tide has jumped out to a 3-0 start and a No. 2 Associated Press ranking.
Carter announced in April that he would be transferring to the Tide, and officially signed with the school in July. He began his career at Ohio State before running into academic issues that forced him to transfer to the JUCO ranks.