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(USA Today)   Not News: Football walk-on records first carry with the Rice Owls football team. FARK: He is only 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds   (ftw.usatoday.com) divider line 28
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2013-10-27 09:00:50 AM
Cool story...though surprised he didn't gain more yards on UTEPs weak defense
 
2013-10-27 09:04:24 AM
in 20 years time this will be made into a mediocre movie.
in 30 years time that movie will be called one of the best sports movie of all time
in 20.01 years time farkers will say it was better when it was called rudy
 
2013-10-27 09:19:34 AM
Cool that it was a real play, where he actually got hit and tackled, and not one of those "everyone move aside so he can run unobstructed for a feel-good touchdown"
 
2013-10-27 09:23:08 AM
"That moment came Saturday, when Carter entered a blowout win with about six minutes to go and gained a single yard on the right side."

He was actually tackled for a 2-foot gain, but fell forward.
 
2013-10-27 09:27:35 AM
At 4 foot 9, that had to take a lot of guts just to walk on, let alone stick with it for three years..  Good for Mr. Carter..
 
2013-10-27 09:54:11 AM
Hand off to Carter...and he's dead.
 
2013-10-27 09:55:16 AM
135 lb is pretty big for 4'9
 
2013-10-27 10:06:59 AM
Four foot nine, 135 pounds and they run him up the middle.
 
2013-10-27 10:12:03 AM
It was just a short run.
 
2013-10-27 10:43:04 AM
Was he just carrying the ball or did another player carry him while he carried the ball?
 
2013-10-27 10:48:37 AM
I will call him Mini Ditka
 
2013-10-27 10:51:43 AM

jpo2269: At 4 foot 9, that had to take a lot of guts just to walk on, let alone stick with it for three years..  Good for Mr. Carter..


It would take a lot of guts for a 5'9" player to walk on.
 
2013-10-27 11:07:54 AM
Rice Owls sounds like a great name for a cereal mascot.
 
2013-10-27 11:29:24 AM

AliceBToklasLives: jpo2269: At 4 foot 9, that had to take a lot of guts just to walk on, let alone stick with it for three years..  Good for Mr. Carter..

It would take a lot of guts for a 5'9" player to walk on.


Actually, 5'9" is considered a good size for running back.  Low to the ground, tough to see behind the linemen, and usually tough to bring down.  Alfred Morris, Frank Gore, and Doug Martin are all 5'9", based on what the googles tell me.
 
2013-10-27 12:01:51 PM

varmitydog: Four foot nine, 135 pounds and they run him up the middle.


Actually no, that was a veer with a read option.  Given the defense's alignment the QB should've held onto the ball and run to the left side, but I think it's screamingly obvious he handed off to give the little guy an official carry.  The QB only had to deal with the WLB in space; the RB had the DE keeping contain and the SLB scraping to the edge; despite it being a zone read I don't think they optioned anyone off, given the QB handed off almost immediately.  Either way, the defense was stacked against the run -- 8 defenders (including the NB) near the line and a single-deep safety only 10 yards back.  The guy could be All-American and that play was going nowhere, but since it was a "run out the clock" play with backups in garbage time, getting positive yardage at all was actually pretty good.

Anyway, up the middle is exactly where you'd run him, which is what they didn't do.  Put him out in space and he'll quickly get nailed by an edge defender.  Behind an O-line he's invisible.  The NFL came around to short running backs in the 90s largely because of Barry Sanders' career, but they found out the short guys are hard to spot behind a wall of meat.  They're not much use past the LoS, but if the play's between the tackles (this was not) the defenders have to get past the O-line just to see what's going on.  IIRC, third-down backs tend to be rather short.
 
2013-10-27 12:10:26 PM
I could almost see the QB saying "here you go little guy" when he handed it off.
 
2013-10-27 12:20:50 PM

libranoelrose: I will call him Mini Ditka


;-)
 
2013-10-27 01:14:47 PM
Heh, my son's high school had a little running back as well. He was quick and hard to tackle because you had to find him first. I am not sure he was even THAT tall.
 
2013-10-27 01:18:10 PM
After tackling him did the defense then try taking him to Isengard?
 
2013-10-27 01:52:07 PM
His high school coach, Jason Jones, The Houston Chronicle in 2011 that Carter is "very capable of doing everything other Division I players can do, except maybe ride a ride at an amusement park."

Comedy gold, there.

/I wonder if you can see his feet on his driver's license
 
2013-10-27 02:13:51 PM
Rudy approves.
 
2013-10-27 02:34:01 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Was he just carrying the ball or did another player carry him while he carried the ball?


That's a good idea.... Give him the ball, put him on some giant guys right shoulder. When the guy is about to be tackled he shot-puts Carter over the defenders and Carter runs in for the score.
 
2013-10-27 02:56:00 PM

AuralArgument: in 20 years time this will be made into a mediocre movie.
in 30 years time that movie will be called one of the best sports movie of all time
in 20.01 years time farkers will say it was better when it was called rudy


I compared this to Rudy shortly after it happened, in yesterday's thread.

/hipster
 
2013-10-27 03:09:23 PM
Hail the RB of Tits and Wine!
 
2013-10-27 03:30:01 PM
wouldn't 80% of his body be off limits to the targeting rule?  sorta like the midget in baseball.
 
2013-10-27 04:52:38 PM
Still better than Trent Richardson
 
2013-10-27 06:32:50 PM

arentol: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Was he just carrying the ball or did another player carry him while he carried the ball?

That's a good idea.... Give him the ball, put him on some giant guys right shoulder. When the guy is about to be tackled he shot-puts Carter over the defenders and Carter runs in for the score.


So some odd mashup of MasterBlaster and a Fastball special?
 
2013-10-28 03:10:25 PM

arentol: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Was he just carrying the ball or did another player carry him while he carried the ball?

That's a good idea.... Give him the ball, put him on some giant guys right shoulder. When the guy is about to be tackled he shot-puts Carter over the defenders and Carter runs in for the score.


Players like him are exactly why such things are against the rules, at least in the NFL and I would assume all other levels.  It would be a near unstoppable goal-line play to have your strongest guy line up in the backfield with the little guy and literally toss him over the pile and into the end zone.  The only counter I could think of would be 1 or more small defenders also being tossed in a "guess the launch angle" game of chess.

/after thinking about it and describing it, that actually sounds pretty cool
//maybe we can replace the boring extra point kick with and extra point dwarf toss
 
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