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23   Jerome Carter
Jerome Carter


Lake City, Fla.

High School:
Columbia High School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 219



At Florida State: Should contend for All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior rover in 2004...returns to his starting role where he has earned a reputation as a fierce honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2003... has played in 30 games over his first three years...has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks during his three-year career...Florida State's leading returning career tackler with 183 career stops...has played two consecutive BCS Bowl games (Sugar in 2002 and Orange in 2003) and was a starter in the Orange Bowl...shared the defensive big hitter award following spring practice in 2001...won the leadership award for the defense following spring practice in 2004... turned in the highlight of the 2004 spring game with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Junior Year (2003): All-ACC Honorable Mention selection ...started all 13 games for the Seminoles including the Orange Bowl against Miami... finished fourth on the team and second among defensive backs with 78 tackles...recorded his season-high of nine tackles against both Miami (during the regular season) and Virginia...had eight tackles against Clemson and seven each against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest...first career interception came against Clemson in Death Valley...a first quarter interception of Miami's Brock Berlin set up Florida State's first touchdown of the Orange Bowl against the Hurricanes...returned the interception 30 yards.

Sophomore Year (2002): Started 11 games while playing in all 14 including in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia...third on the team in tackles with a career-high 94 stops...the only defensive back to record double figure tackles in a game and he accomplished the feat three times -- against Louisville, Georgia Tech and NC State...had a career-high 13 stops against Georgia Tech, 11 against NC State and 10 against Louisville...also the only defensive back to record a quarterback sack...single-game career high seven unassisted tackles against Louisville and NC assisted tackle total of seven came at Georgia Tech that helped him gain his career-high of 13 total tackles.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in six games on both special teams and at the safety/rover position...was one of 12 true freshmen to earn playing time...missed the final five games of the regular season and the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech because of a knee injury...underwent surgery to repair his right knee in December of 2001...credited with 11 total tackles (seven unassisted) while recording one pass break-up...four tackles came in Florida State's victory over Wake Forest...blocked a punt by Duke in first career game and returned it for 12-yards for a touchdown... recorded his season-high of six total tackles and his season-high of four unassisted tackles against Duke.

High School: Graduated from Columbia High School in 2001...two-time all-state first-team selection as a junior and senior...named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches...named as one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger who also included him on his national Nifty 150 list...named as the third best prep safety in the nation by the top prep player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times Union...named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution...of the top 100 players in the nation by 77 total tackles (50 unassisted) on defense his senior season...rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 yards per carry) scored 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns on offense his senior season...credited with 119 total tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1982...major is social science.

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