Minnesota's Carter to play despite arrest

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota freshman cornerback Michael Carter will be allowed to play against Illinois despite being arrested and jailed early Monday.

Carter remains listed as the backup to Traye Simmons on Minnesota's depth chart and will play Saturday against the Illini (Big Ten Network, noon ET), head coach Tim Brewster said.

Carter was charged with alcohol consumption by a minor and obstructing the legal process after police said he and teammate Kenny Watkins tried to pick a fight outside a pizza parlor near campus. Watkins was not charged in the incident.

One of the top recruits in Minnesota's 2009 class, Carter is the cousin of former Gophers All-American Tyrone Carter.