Michael Carter made a statement in his college football debut for the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday.
The former Navarre star rushed for 94 yards and scored two touchdowns in 35-24 loss to California in Chapel Hill.
Carter scored the Tar Heels’ first touchdown of the game, tying the score at 7-7 on a 2-yard run and added his second touchdown in the final three minutes of the first half when he cut to the right and plunged into the end zone to give North Carolina a 17-7 lead. The Tar Heels led 17-14 at halftime.
One of the top running backs in the nation coming out of high school, Carter carried the ball 11 times and averaged 8.5 yards per game. His longest run covered 47 yards. He was the rusher in the game for either team.
Carter graduated from Navarre as the program’s all-time leading rusher, churning out 2,536 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns as he helped the Raiders reach the state semifinals a season ago. He enrolled a semester early at North Carolina to get a jump on his college career and the extra preparation time paid off as Carter seems poised to be one of the top newcomers in the country this season.