On paper, OU returns nine starters defensively.
But according to secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright
, that number is actually 10.
"We’ve got a lot of veterans back, and if you count Quinton Carter
as a starter, then we’ve got 10 starters back, and I do,” Wright said of his rising junior safety. "I count Quinton Carter as a starter. I’m excited about him.”
Carter missed the start of last year with a hamstring injury, but came on strong in conference play to finish the season with 37 tackles.
With Nic Harris
gone, Carter is starting at strong safety this spring.
"Potentially, he’s got a chance to be a really good player for us,” Wright said. "I’m really happy to see him out there and healthy. He’s a lot of fun to coach and a lot of fun on the field. He enjoys practicing, and he enjoys playing football, so he brings a lot of fun and a lot of energy.”
As a youngster, Carter sometimes brought too much energy to practice.
"He’s really physical. He likes it. He likes contact, he likes lighting those guys up,” Wright said. "There were a couple of times early in his career where we ejected him for doing that to our own guys.