March 27, 2008

The sky's the limit for Auburn d-end

For Auburn defensive end Antoine Carter, the sky's the limit.

The sophomore first flashed his sky-high potential last season, as a true freshman. Carter played in all 13 games and finished with 16 tackles, including four for loss and 1 sacks.

By the midpoint of the season, Carter - then just 17 years old - was one of the team's top pass-rush threats. Fans and coaches alike loved the youngster's potential.

With junior Sen'Derrick Marks moving from defensive end to defensive tackle this spring, Carter was primed to make a breakthrough.

He hasn't disappointed.

Carter has packed on almost 40 pounds of muscle since reporting to AU last summer at 215 pounds. Now a powerful 253 pounds, the 6-foot-4 sophomore has stepped up in the absence of injured starter Antonio Coleman.

"He's done a great job of stepping up and playing with the first unit," defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said of Carter. "He has clearly indicated to us that he's ready to step onto the field and be a guy we can count on."

During a spring-break trip to his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Carter decided to make the message clear. He stopped in a local tattoo parlor and had "Sky's The Limit" tattooed on his right hand.

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