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23   Jerome Carter
Jerome Carter


Lake City, Fla.

High School:
Columbia High School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 208



At Florida State: Will battle Claudius Osei for starting honors at rover...had a solid freshman season...was a standout on special a vicious hitter and playmaker...blocked a punt and returned it 24 yards for a score in his first career colle-giate game...saw action in six games in 2001, but missed the final five games with a knee injury...has recovered nicely after undergoing surgery in mid-December for an ACL tear to his right knee...coming off an excellent spring in which he earned most improved honors among all defensive backs...also earned the spring defensive big hitter award with fellow safety Kyler Hall ...had three tackles and a pass break up in the spring game.

Freshman Year (2001): Blocked a punt and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown in his first career collegiate game in the season-opener at Duke...was one of 12 true freshmen to earn playing time...saw action in six games...recorded two intimidations against Virginia...totaled 11 tackles (seven unassisted and four assisted) while recording one pass break-up...played on several specials teams as well as at safety/rover...missed the last five games of the season with a knee injury.

High School: One of the top players in the nation and one of the top prospects in the state of Florida...a two-time first team all-state selection ...recorded 77 tackles (50 solo) on defense as a senior...rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 yards per carry) and scored 11 touchdowns...also caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns during senior year at Columbia...had 119 tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior...tops the Gainesville Sun's list of the state's best players ...named one of the 25 best players in the country by Max Emfinger who also included him on his national Nifty 150 list... named him the third best safety prospect in the nation...named to Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Constitution Super Southern 100...named one of Top 100...voted Class 5A District Player of the Year by the Florida Association of Coaches...bench presses over 300 pounds.

Personal: Born Oct. 25, majoring in sport management.

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