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Brandon Carter no longer listed on TCU’s roster

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It appears that finally, and officially, TCU has washed its hands of Brandon Carter.

At the Big 12 Media Days last month, head coach Gary Patterson was quoted as saying “I think the best thing for him is to get a new start.” Still, Carter’s name remained on the Horned Frogs’ online roster.

That has changed, though, as one day ahead of players reporting for the start of summer camp, and as the Dallas Morning News pointed out, Carter’s no longer listed on the official roster.  It’s unclear to where — or even if — Carter will transfer to continue his playing career.  The receiver has one season of eligibility remaining and could move on to another FBS school and, after redshirting the 2014 season, play in 2015.  He could also play immediately at an FCS school and then make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft.

Regardless, he has some work to do to repair a somewhat tattered reputation.

Carter was charged with possession of marijuana in late April — it was later dropped — but that wasn’t the reason for the parting of ways. Rather, it was Carter’s effort in the classroom — or lack thereof — that put the talented receiver on the outside of the football program looking in.

“Academically he will not make it,” Patterson said late last month.

Carter, a four-star receiver coming out of high school in Dallas, entered Week 10 of the 2013 season second on the team in receptions with 17 and tied for third in receiving yards with 197. In early November, however, he took a leave of absence for personal reasons. Those “personal reasons” turned out to be related to a family matter.

Coming into last season, he was the Horned Frogs’ leading returning receiver as his 36-590-6 statline from 2012 was second only to the since-departed Josh Boyce.

TCU appears to have washed its hands of Brandon Carter

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A rough day for this particular football program continues as one of the most productive and experienced pieces of TCU’s passing game puzzle looks to be no more.

During his time at the Big 12 Media Days, Gary Patterson was asked if he hoped Brandon Carter would remain at TCU and return to the Horned Frogs at some point. The head coach’s response was surprisingly — and refreshingly — blunt.

“No,” said Patterson in regards to the wide receiver’s potential return. “He has a redshirt year, and I think the best thing for him is to get a new start. It’s setting a precedent — you have to go to school.”

Carter was charged with possession of marijuana in late April — it was later dropped — but that wasn’t the reason for the parting of ways. Rather, it was Carter’s effort in the classroom — or lack thereof — that put the talented receiver on the outside of the football program looking in.

“Academically he will not make it,” Patterson said.

Carter entered Week 10 of the 2013 season second on the team in receptions with 17 and tied for third in receiving yards with 197. In early November, however, he took a leave of absence for personal reasons. Those “personal reasons” turned out to be related to a family matter.

Coming into last season, he was the Horned Frogs’ leading returning receiver as his 36-590-6 statline from 2012 was second only to the since-departed Josh Boyce.

Prosecutor drops TCU receiver’s marijuana possession charge

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A lack of evidence has given TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter a sigh of relief. Previously charged for possession of marijuana in April, the Associated Press reports Carter had the charge dropped at the request of the prosecutor due to insufficient evidence to continue pursuing legal action.

Carter was arrested in April after police pulled him over while driving a Lexus belonging to his friend, Alex Harris. A license plate check pulled up a warrant hit on Harris for previous charges. Both were charged for possession of marijuana after police discovered under two ounces of marijuana in the car. While Carter is getting charges dropped, Harris will not have the charges dropped against him.

Carter has been out of action for TCU this offseason due to academic concerns. Now that drug-related charges have been dropped against Carter, perhaps he will be able to focus on getting back involved with the Horned Frogs this fall. The wide receiver position could use Carter back in the mix if eligible to play. Carter could be one of the top receivers for the TCU offense after taking some time off to deal with some personal issues last fall.

Another TCU receiver arrested on marijuana charge

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TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter was arrested Tuesday night and charged for possession of marijuana. He was released from jail Wednesday morning according to The Star-Telegram.

Carter was pulled over while driving a Lexus belonging to Alexis Harris. Harris was also charged for possession of marijuana and is the owner of the vehicle, which alerted police of a warrant hit during a routine patrol. Because of the warrant hit on the Lexus, police pulled over the car and discovered the marijuana allegedly in possession of Carter and Harris. Harris had other outstanding warrants, according to the Star-Telegram report.

This is another blow for Carter at TCU. Heading into the fall Carter was expected to be one of the top offensive players after taking some time off last season at the end of the season to deal with some personal issues. He has been absent from spring drills to focus on academics over football. The 2013 season started with Carter battling a hand injury as well.

Time will tell how TCU responds to this arrest of Carter. The Horned Frogs have already dismissed one receiver this spring. LaDarius Brown was removed from the roster in February following a marijuana possession arrest. If Carter is removed from the roster as well, the depth at receiver would take a serious hit, putting much pressure on Josh Doctson (sophomore) and Ty Slanina (freshman).

TCU receiver depth takes hit with dismissal, but Frogs maturing at position

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A day after reports said TCU wide receiver LaDarius Brown was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession, the Horned Frogs decided to cut ties. According to a report by the Star-Telegram, the school confirmed the decision through a release.

“Due to a violation of team rules, LaDarius Brown has been removed from our football program,” TCU athletics said in a release. “This is very unfortunate. We provide our student-athletes with all the guidelines and principles to be successful on and off the field. At some point, they have to govern themselves. It’s a sad day for everyone.”

Brown was TCU’s third-leading receiver in 2013 with 393 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In 2012 Brown accounted for 385 yards and five touchdowns. Losing Brown for 2014 is a problem for the Horned Frogs, but TCU will feature a maturing receiving unit in 2014. Josh Doctson (sophomore) and Ty Slanina (freshman) owned starting jobs in TCU’s final game of the regular season in 2013, and Brandon Carter will be back for his senior season. Carter struggled at times in 2013 but will look forward to a bounce back season with more consistent play down field in 2014.