Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Carter

Practice squadders making trip, too

December, 30, 2011
IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys will have a fuller flight than normal with the eight-man practice squad making the trip to New Jersey on Saturday for Sunday’s winner-take-all game against the New York Giants.

Punter Chris Jones, wide receiver Teddy Williams, quarterback Chris Greisen, cornerback C.J. Wilson, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon, guard Brandon Carter and defensive tackle Robert Calloway will be on the team plane.

“I think it’s for the support,” Butler said. “I think everyone knows what’s on the line. Like Coach Garrett has been saying all this year it takes everyone, not just 53 guys, but 61 guys, the coaching staff, the equipment guys. It takes everyone. It could be a reward, but as long as we’re there to cheer everybody on.”

The practice squad players attend the home games, but once the team normally departs for the road they are on their own and watch the game on television.

Just like the players on the active roster, they will have to wear a jacket and tie.

“Of course,” Butler said. “We haven’t done that since the preseason. I haven’t had it on since church.”

Boys to add Texas Tech-ex to practice squad

December, 27, 2011

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will fill their final practice squad spot with offensive tackle Brandon Carter, a Texas Tech-ex.

Carter was cut by Tampa Bay on Aug. 29 after playing one game for the Buccaneers last year. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans 2010.

Carter started 40 of his 49 games at Texas Tech and was an All-Big 12 pick as a senior in 2009. He replaced running back Chauncey Washington, who was promoted to the active roster last week.

Tech's Carter: 'I'm not a head case'

February, 25, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- His image has come up early in every interview Texas Tech offensive guard Brandon Carter has had with an NFL team.

That tends to happen with guys who wore their hair in a spiky mohawk, displaying multiple head tattoos, and elaborately painted their face in pro wrestler fashion during their college careers.

"They think I have questionable character just because of the image they perceive from television, but I think once they get to know me they realize that I’m not really a head case," Carter said. "It’s just whenever I’m on the field, I’m intense. I’m very passionate. It just kind of psyched me out and pumped me up."

The face paint is a thing of the past, Carter said. His hairdo at the scouting combine is a good, ol' fashioned buzzcut, but he hasn't ruled out returning to the mohawk.

The conversative look isn't an attempt to convey a message to scouts and general managers at the combine. He's just trying to make his mother happy.

"Usually during the offseason, I grow out my hair anyway," Carter said. "My mom likes it better. I decided I’d grow it out for her, because I have to see her in a few weeks."

However, Carter has made one significant change to his appearance aimed to please NFL personnel men. He has slimmed down significantly while working out at Athletes Advantage in Wellington, Fla., dropping from 345 to 329.