If you are looking for an indication of the drive and determination Dwayne Carter possesses, take a look at the approach to his recovery from a serious knee injury.
Tearing his meniscus in spring practice at Harding University in March was tough but did nothing to slow down the former Navarre running back.
Forget that he couldn’t walk on his own for nearly two months, the pain too much too endure. He is five months ahead of where he should be in the process and not looking back.
“I hit rehab hard. A lot of people (at the Andrews Institute) said they have never seen someone hit it that hard. But I’m on a mission.”
It’s a mission he has no intentions of failing. Carter has already overcome a lot.
Dominant in high school, rushing for a school-record 3,021 yards, Carter was set to be the next big college star from the area, following in the footsteps of fellow running back greats Emmitt Smith and Trent Richardson.
His grades kept him from getting into Tennessee, forcing him to play junior college football in Kansas for a couple of seasons. He finally landed at Harding, an NCAA Division II school in Arkansas, redshirting in 2014 before finally getting on the field this past season.
It felt good to play again, to hear the crowd cheer every time he touched the ball, and one of his biggest thrills was his first touchdown for the Bison on a 28-yard run Sept. 19.
“As soon as I scored that first touchdown, I felt like I was back,” Carter said. “This is what I’m used to.”
Carter went on to finish his junior season with five touchdowns, scoring two in a game twice, and rushed for 352 yards.
“The biggest adjustment was getting used to the speed of the game again,” Carter said. “Learning to play in the triple-option offense was frustrating at first, too. Once I figured out the system, I loved it.”
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