After getting some valuable experience as a freshman, Barrett Carter is primed for a breakout season in his second season at Clemson.
The former 5-star prospect possesses the kind of versatility that will allow first-year defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin to use him in a multitude of ways, meaning you can expect Carter to line up at multiple positions throughout the season.
“I think so,” Carter said about lining up at different spots. “Just having me in a place where whoever we’re playing, we can game plan and scheme for them, and just to put me out wherever, just make a play. So, I think having me going to different spots, teaching me a lot of new things, new techniques is going to help me in the future, but definitely just help with game plans and help with whoever we’re playing.”
Carter logged just under 200 snaps last season, appearing in 12 of the Tigers 13 games, returning one fumble for a touchdown, and the versatile linebacker is fully invested in the revamped coaching staff.
“I trust my coaches, I trust that they’ll put in the right position,” Carter said. “They wouldn’t just be doing anything for no reason. So, I know that they have a plan for me, God has a plan for me. So, I love embracing new roles and just stepping out of my comfort zone.”
However, Carter isn’t the only player on the Clemson defense that brings versatility to the table. With defenders like Andrew Mukuba and Trenton Simpson in the back seven of that defense to go along with the deep and talented defensive front, opposing offensive coordinators won’t be looking forward to scheming for this Clemson defense.
“We have so many different dudes who can play so many different spots, and when you have a defense like that, that’s just so versatile and can just play everywhere, it’s going to give offenses a lot of problems,” Carter said. “So, I think we’re sitting in a great spot right now with the amount of versatility and just the athletes that we have on this defense. We’re really going to come together and just fight for each other every day. The athleticism that we have is going to be really scary for opposing offenses.”
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.