Friday, July 20, 2012
WR Duron Carter leaves Alabama
By Edward Aschoff
Wide receiver Duron Carter has left Alabama, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
Carter originally signed with Ohio State and caught 13 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown during his only season with the Buckeyes in 2009. He then transfered to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College for academic reasons before landing at Alabama in 2011.
Previously expected to be the Crimson Tide's next big offensive deep threat, Carter, the son of former NFL receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter, never played a down at Alabama. He wasn't academically eligible last fall, and was suspended from the team this spring by coach Nick Saban.
Saban said this spring that it was up to Carter if he wanted to return Alabama's football team or not. Now, it appears that he didn't do enough after getting into Saban's doghouse. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Thursday that Carter has applied to Florida Atlantic and hopes to play for the team this fall.
Carter had the talent to be a real player in the Tide's offense, especially in the team's attempts to stretch the field, but quarterback AJ McCarron still has some solid talent to work with. The Tide will have to rely on some younger players at wide receiver, but those youngsters might possess a little more speed and explosiveness than last year's group.
Chris Black and Amari Cooper went through spring drills and both are expected to be used as deep threats this fall. Incoming freshman Eddie Williams did just about everything in high school, so if he acclimates well during fall camp he'll be used a few different ways in the offense.
And don't forget that sophomore speedster DeAndrew White and junior Kenny Bell are still around.
Carter probably would have been fun to watch with Alabama this fall, but the Tide will be fine without him.