Josh Carter has spent the last two football seasons as one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the area.
Carter is moving to linebacker for Navarre this year and notes it’s not drastically different from what he is used to. In the end, he still gets to play defense, something he loves to do.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Carter said. “I’ve gotten more used to the position every day in practice. Things are going pretty good for me.”
Carter was tough to slow down as a lineman last season, using his speed to bust through the offensive line and record a sack or make a quick tackle to limit the yards a ball carrier picked up on a play.
He finished his sophomore season with 104 tackles, tying him for the most on the team, and he led the Raiders in sacks with 11. Carter’s stellar performance helped the Raiders finish 12-2 and advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.
He plans to use his quickness to his advantage at the linebacker position as well.
“I can definitely use my speed because you have to be able to redirect yourself to play linebacker,” Carter said. “It helps that I have a lot of speed already.”
Carter believes he’s gotten quicker in the offseason and is ready to be even more effective on defense than he was a season ago.
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Countdown to Football
Navarre vs. Pensacola Catholic
Days until kickoff in the regular season: 78
Looking Back: Navarre reached the state semifinals for the second time in program history a year ago and faced off against Lake Gibson at home for the right to go to state. The score was tied at 7-7 at halftime before the Braves pulled away in the second half for the win.