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Ki-Jana Carter
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Ki-Jana Carter

Position:
Running Back



All-American Selection: 1994

Running back, 1994, Westerville, Ohio, selected by the Associated Press, United Press International, Football Writers, Walter Camp, Football Coaches, The Sporting News and College Sports Magazine. Carter staked a claim to being one of the most decorated Penn State running backs of all time with a junior season in which he was fourth nationally in rushing (139.9), second in scoring (10.8 ppg) and fifth in all-purpose yardage (158.4). Carter led the Big Ten Conference in all three categories. His 7.8 yards per carry easily was the best among the nation's Top 25 rushers. Carter enjoyed a career game in the season-finale with Michigan State by piling up 227 yards on 27 carries and scoring five touchdowns. Carter was runnerup to Rashaan Salaam of Colorado for the Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Maxwell Award. His 1994 statistics included 1,539 yards rushing, then the second-best season total in Penn State history, and 23 touchdowns, tied for second to Lydell Mitchell's 29 TDs in 1971. Carter was named co-MVP of the Rose Bowl with 156 rushing yards on 21 carries, including an 83-yard touchdown bolt on the Nittany Lions' first offensive play. Carter opted to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the pro draft but still earned a position among Penn State's all-time Top 10 in rushing, ranking No. 5 at the time with 2,829 yards in his three seasons. When the Cincinnati Bengals selected him as the first overall player picked in the 1995 National Football League Draft, Carter became the first Nittany Lion to be chosen No. 1. He spent six seasons with the Bengals (1995-2000), two years with Washington (2001-02) and two seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2003-04). He resides in Plantation, Fla.

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