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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.

TCU’s second-leading receiver taking leave of absence

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Shortly before TCU’s game with West Virginia yesterday, it was reported that Brandon Carter would not play due to what was only described as a “family situation.”

The way Gary Patterson talked after the overtime loss to the Mountaineers, the absence could bleed into next weekend and possibly beyond.

The head coach confirmed to the media in his postgame talk Saturday that Carter has been granted what the Fort Worth Star-Telegram labeled as a leave of absence.  Of course, Patterson did not get into any particulars or specifics of the situation involving Carter, other than it appears to be family-related.

“It was a personal thing,” the coach said. “It has nothing to do with me. It had to do with him personally, off the field, and what he needed to do with his family.”

As for an ETA on a return, Patterson simply stated “I haven’t talked to him” when asked if Carter would be back for the final quarter of the season.

Carter entered Week 10 second on the team in receptions with 17 and tied for third in receiving yards with 197.  Coming into this season, he was the Horned Frogs’ leading returning receiver as his 36-590-6 statline from 2012 was second only to the departed Josh Boyce.

In mid-August, Carter underwent hand surgery, although it did not cost him any actual game time.

TCU loses Maponga to NFL

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TCU lost a prominent member on the offensive side of the ball early to the NFL last week, and now it’s the defensive side’s turn.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Monday night, defensive end Stansly Maponga confirmed that he’s “decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.” “Thanks for 3 great years at TCU! I’ll always have y’all in my heart,” Maponga added.

Despite missing two full games and parts of others with injuries, limiting him to 10 games and eight starts, Maponga was still named first-team All-Big 12 following the 2012 season.  Maponga’s breakout season came in 2011 as a redshirt sophomore as he lead the Horned Frogs in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (9), forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (2).  He was named first-team All-Mountain West after that season.

Maponga joins wide receiver Josh Boyce as Horner Frogs who have left eligibility on the table for early entry into the NFL draft.

Josh Boyce opts for NFL over another go with TCU

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Somewhat surprisingly, just five wide receivers from the FBS level have officially declared their intentions for the draft after a year in which 11 did the early leap.  Now, though, that number’s reached a half-dozen.

The sixth player at the position to leave is also the first for TCU this go-round, with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirming Josh Boyce has decided to leave a year of eligibility on the table to declare for the NFL draft.  Boyce has already earned his degree from the university, graduating last month.

Boyce has led the Horned Frogs in receiving yards each of the past three seasons, and led the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns each of the past two.  In 2012, he totaled a school-record 66 catches for 891 yards and seven touchdowns.

For his career, the 6-0, 203-pound Boyce had 161 receptions for 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns.  The latter total is a school record, while the former are third and second all-time, respectively.