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Brent Carter is expected to be 100 percent for the 2009 campaign after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early last season. Carter was having a promising season as the No. 3 tailback, posting 129 yards on 22 carries for a superlative 5.9 average, before tearing his ACL while making a block on Derrick Williams' 63-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter of Penn State's 48-7 victory at Wisconsin. He underwent surgery in late October and with continued steady progress through the summer in his physical rehabilitation, Carter should be ready by preseason camp to compete for time in the talented backfield. The former Pottsgrove HS standout lends favorable size, skills and speed to a potent rushing lineup. He is on schedule to graduate in December. Â°/Â°Â° 2008 Â°/Â°Â° Sophomore Season Carter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while making a block on Derrick Williams' 63-yard punt return touchdown at Wisconsin, ending a promising season for the sophomore tailback. At the time of the mid-season injury, he had accumulated 129 yards on 22 carries for a strong average of 5.9 yards per carry. Despite missing the last five games, he ranked fifth on the squad in rushing yards and his per carry average was second-best among players with 10 or more carries. In the season-opening victory over Coastal Carolina, Carter recorded 67 yards on just nine carries, for a superb 7.4 average. He delivered a career-long 31-yard run in the third quarter and also made his first career reception. He gained 27 yards on six carries in the win at Syracuse and 32 yards on six attempts against Temple.
2007 Sophomore Season
Carter was shifted from safety to tailback at mid-season. Playing in 12 games, he gained 43 yards on 11 carries for a solid 3.9 average. He ran for 23 yards on just three carries, with a long of nine yards, on Penn State's last drive at Michigan State. Carter gained eight yards in the 38-7 win over No. 19 Wisconsin and 12 yards on four attempts in the 31-0 victory at Temple. Carter also recovered a fumble in Florida International territory that led to a 16-yard touchdown run by Dan Lawlor in the 59-0 season-opening win. He was on the field for 96 plays, led by 17 in the win over Wisconsin.
2006 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Carter played tailback on the foreign team.
Carter was a standout for Coach Rick Pennypacker at Pottsgrove HS. As a senior, he served as captain of the football and basketball teams. He earned first-team Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors, as well as first-team recognition from the Pottstown Mercury. During his senior season, he ran for more than 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns despite an ankle injury that limited his time. Carter ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in the 2006 Pennsylvania East-West All-Star game, playing alongside and against several future Nittany Lion teammates.
Full name is Brent Dlane Carter. He is one of five children, with three younger brothers and a younger sister. He is majoring in labor and industrial relations. Born January 17, 1988 in Pottstown, Pa.