In our preseason series of player previews leading up to the opening contest with Central Florida, today we will look at tight end Kyle Carter. The junior tight end has had a mixed bag of success in his career, so far, at Penn State in former coach Bill O’Brien’s offense. Carter’s redshirt freshman season was an impressive one, but he was unable to duplicate that success last season.
O’Brien’s offense involved heavy usage of the tight end position, however, with O’Brien gone and Franklin in, it is unknown how involved the tight ends will be. Despite this uncertainty, Carter still has the talent to figure into the mix offensively, especially with an inexperienced group of wide receivers. The six-foot-three, 243-pound tight end was named to the All-Big Ten first team in 2012 after grabbing 36 catches for 453 yards and a pair of scores. However, Carter’s numbers plummeted in 2013.
During his redshirt sophomore season, Carter was only able to amass 18 catches for 222 yards and a single touchdown. While a disappointing season in comparison to 2012, the talent has not left Carter. A large part of the “Supa Six” member’s lack of production could be attributed to the amount of talent still at the tight end position.
With other contributors like Jesse James and Adam Breneman, Carter must prove he has the ability and skill set to remove himself from the pack. While he doesn’t possess the incredible size of James or the hype and upside of Breneman, the Deleware native has proven he can be reliable when called upon.
Carter is a talented pass-catcher and isn’t afraid to make plays in the middle of the field. He does a nice job of finding seams in the defense and offers in-line blocking ability. Thanks to the crowded depth chart, Carter must make the most of his opportunities, as he may not get all that many.
I would look for production closer to his freshman season, this upcoming season. Look for Carter to finish around 30 catches for 400-500 yards and around three touchdowns.