Position, years at Arizona: Lineman, 1991-94
Honors, accomplishments at UA: No. 2 in career rushing with 3,501 yards, with the most carries in school history (805). … Earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior.
Why he made our list: First, you have to start with the recruiting visit. Coming from Los Angeles and having to switch planes in Phoenix, Carter asked an airline representative about his connecting flight, identifying himself as a football player. He was pointed toward a group of other football players and boarded their flight … to Flagstaff. Eventually, NAU coaches called down to the UA football office and said, “We think we have one of your recruits.”
Carter did find his way to Tucson, committed to coach Dick Tomey and ran into the record books. He was a quick, change-of-direction back, a key and constant cog on offense for Arizona’s Desert Swarm teams. With a variety of spin moves, cuts and micro-bursts, he led the team in rushing in 1992 (739 yards), 1993 (837) and 1994 (1,163).
In that senior season, he was free from a rotation that had included Chuck Levy and Billy Johnson. “Rotating in and out, I could never get in the flow of the game,” he said. “Believe me, there were times when I would go to our running-backs coach (Marc Lunsford), and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’”