Michael Carter makes it all look so easy, the slashes through the defense, the bursts of speed in the open field. It’s as if he’s still playing in high school.
Standing off to the side of the North Carolina logo on the field in a game against Virginia last month, Carter takes the handoff, runs around the line, following the initial blocks to perfection, and then sprints down the left sideline to the end zone.
As he crosses the goal-line to complete his 47-yard run, the radio announcer goes crazy, his voice soaked in excitement as he shouts ‘Give the Ball to Michael Carter.’ He goes on to talk about just how electrifying the freshman from Navarre can be when he has the ball in his hands.
Carter ended up with two touchdowns that day but the Tar Heels fell to Virginia 20-14.
On a personal level, Carter has had a wealth of success this season, establishing himself as one of the best, if not the best, running back on the team.
Team success, though, is what matters most to the player who graduated as Navarre’s all-time leading rusher and was part of a Navarre team that won 12 games and reached the state semifinals as a senior.
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