Monday, April 19, 2010
As the OSU Spring game nears, Duron Carter still MIA
This Saturday the Ohio State football team will renew its annual Spring game scrimmage, and while the two questions on everyone's mind will be 'has Terrelle Pryor finally taken the next step?' and 'with all the depth at running back, will there be a clear cut go-to-guy?', I think that there are a few questions that many fans have overlooked. Mainly, what has happened to Duron Carter? And, once he is back on the field, can he live up to the enormous expectations placed upon him since arriving in Columbus? Carter, the son of former Ohio State standout wide receiver Cris Carter, was touted as a four star recruit coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale Florida. And being the son of arguably the best receiver of all-time in OSU history, expectations were high for Duron during his freshman season. However, after a relatively slow start to begin the season, Carter began to struggle in the classroom as well, and by the end of the season he was declared ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon. Currently Carter still has not completed the courses necessary to reinstate his eligibilty, although the OSU coaching staff has gone on record as saying that Duron Carter is taking the steps necessary for reinstatement and should be eligible for the season opener against Marshall. Should Carter rejoin the team, and start to fill some of those lofty expectations placed upon him as a freshman, it could totally change the dynamic of the Buckeye offense, as it allows them to run more three and four-wide sets. But here is the real kicker: Duron Carter's size and athleticism, combined with Devier Posey's emergence as the number one receiver, would make him the ideal candidate to move to the defensive side of the ball like they did with Chris Gamble. With all of the talk surrounding how good the Buckeyes could be if Duron Carter actually lived up to the hype, you have to wonder what must be going through his head right now.