Monday, June 21, 2010
Duron Carter leaves Ohio State for juco
By ESPN.com staff
Ohio State still needs a No. 3 wide receiver to emerge this fall alongside DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher.
This much is known: it won't be Duron Carter.
Carter's academic troubles have forced him to withdraw from Ohio State and head to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he'll play this fall. The son of Buckeyes legend and ESPN analyst Cris Carter had been ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl against Oregon and sat out all of spring practice because of academic reasons.
Duron Carter appeared in all 12 regular-season games for Ohio State as a true freshman in 2009 and recorded 13 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown. The departures of Ray Small and Carter leave Ohio State with only two wide receivers who recorded more than 10 receptions last year (running backs Brandon Saine and Dan Herron combined for 30 receptions).
A source within the Ohio State program seemed optimistic last month that Carter would get his grades straightened out, but the turnaround will need to happen at Coffeyville. Carter certainly could have helped the Buckeyes this year as a receiver and as a potential return man.
Taurian Washington and promising redshirt freshman Chris Fields are the top two candidates for the No. 3 wideout spot.