October 3, 2009

Carter grabs first TD catch

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In the mid-1980s, the Ohio State football team had quite the luxury in standout wide receiver Cris Carter, who has gone down in Buckeye history as one of the best to play that position in the program's history.

In just his freshman season in 2009, his son, Duron Carter, got a start at trying to match the impressive numbers his father put up more than 20 years ago while wearing Scarlet & Grey.

Coming into Ohio State this year as a highly-touted recruit out of Florida, Carter had already had the reputation as a player who has immediately "got it," picking up the schemes while running immaculate routes.

Those rumors turned into reality when the freshman cracked Ohio State's top four wide receiver position this year despite having a number of veterans in front of him.

In Ohio State's 33-14 win over Indiana Saturday night, Duron made his first real impact play. It was Ohio State's first touchdown on the game in which Carter grabbed a 2-yard slant route for his first career score.

"I just had a slant," Duron said. "I was the second read on it, and (Terrelle Pryor) looked over to (DeVier Posey) and DeVier was covered, and he looked over to me and threw me the ball, and I jumped up and caught it."

Though Carter has caught plenty of touchdowns during his playing days, his first as a Buckeye is one that will be particularly special, specifically because it came at such a crucial point in the game.

It was the Carter score that got the Buckeyes off on the right start en route to a lopsided win.

"I was kind of surprised," Carter said. "I kind of dropped it a little and fumbled the ball around. But it felt great after. Everybody wants a long touchdown, you know, like an 80 yarder as the first one, but I just got a little slant, but it was just the same. Six points is six points."

While a touchdown is certainly the top of the wish list for any receiver, Carter came up big in another way later in the game.

On a third down scramble by Pryor, Carter came from the secondary and cleaned up an Indiana defender by delivering perhaps the biggest hit - and most impressive block - of the game.

On the field after the block in the third quarter, Carter was visibly more excited about delivering the big block than he was scoring his touchdown.

After the game, he confirmed that assertion.

"Football is a contact sport, so if you don't like contact you shouldn't be playing," Carter said. "That was a lot of fun."

From the second Carter arrived on campus, the general feeling surrounding the freshman was a positive one. Maybe it was because his father is a legend at Ohio State.

Or perhaps there is just something special about Duron.

Either way, the freshman is looking forward to building on what he has already accomplished in his short time in Columbus.

"I am really excited to be here," Carter said. "We all have a bright future."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at Ari@BuckeyeGrove.com.


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