NORMAN — Sophomore Quinton Carter missed most of the spring with a hamstring strain and the first three games of this season recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Which is why his first career start last Saturday against Kansas was so impressive.
Carter led the Sooners with 10 tackles and didn’t make a mistake in coverage.
"He played really well. He was in position all day, tackled well, reacted to the ball well,” coach Bob Stoops said. "That’s exciting to see him come in with his first start and play the whole game like he did. That’s what we had hoped to see, and we saw it.”
Carter was inserted into the starting lineup at strong safety when coaches decided to move Nic Harris to middle linebacker after Ryan Reynolds suffered a season-ending knee injury against Texas.
"I was kind of nervous Monday when I first found out,” Carter said. "Nic told me, ‘Hey, you got your chance. Make the best of it, make some plays and help us out.’”
Even though Carter had only been healthy since the TCU game, he made enough plays on special teams and in practice for the coaches to have confidence moving Harris.
"When we got him back, he started showing up on the special teams, so we felt good about him,” said defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright. "He hadn’t been healthy that long at all. But he’s been a guy that ever since he’s been here, we thought he had a chance to be a really good player.