After watching just a little film of the Bill O'Brien-led New England Patriots offense, Kyle Carter knew that he was going to be in a great spot as a Nittany Lion tight end entering the 2012 season. Labeled by the head coach as the second-most difficult position to learn in the offense (behind quarterback), the tight end positions are paramount to the success of O'Brien's diverse and fast-paced offensive attack. The vastly talented and athletic Carter tasted that first-hand during his initial season on the field in 2012, and he heads into the 2013 season planning to build on a superb redshirt freshman campaign. The only freshman named to the 2012 John Mackey Award Mid-Season Watch List, Carter was a consensus first-team Freshman All-American selection last year. A crisp route runner with good size, speed and hands, he was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the media panel and ESPN.com. The all-conference candidate ranked second on the team with 36 receptions for 453 yards (12.6) and two touchdowns last season. The former William Penn High School standout was among the primary candidates for Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year before missing three of the last four games due to injuries. A strong and improving blocker with a good work-ethic, he will be 100 percent in time for training camp. Carter also is among the squad's most active participants in community service. He owned a 3.11 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semester and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last year. With continued progress, Carter is poised to continue playing a central role in the Penn State offense over the next three seasons.
2012 (Sophomore Season)
In his first season on the field, Carter made a dynamic impact, gaining recognition among the premier tight ends in the nation. He was a consensus first-team Freshman All-American, earning the honor from CBSsports.com, Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Fox Sports/Scout.com and Phil Steele's College Football. Carter was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and was the only freshman named to the 2012 John Mackey Award Mid-Season Watch List. Carter played in nine games, which included two starts. He was second on the team with 36 receptions for 453 yards (12.6) and two touchdowns. He made six catches of 20 yards or more, with a career-long 34-yard grab in the 38-14 prime time win at Iowa. In his Nittany Lion debut, Carter made six catches against Ohio and he had four catches at Virginia, including his first career touchdown on an 8-yard connection with Matt McGloin. Carter made five catches for 70 yards in the win over Temple and hauled in three catches for 45 yards in the 35-7 victory at Illinois to open Big Ten play. He made four receptions for 44 yards in the 39-28 comeback decision over No. 24 Northwestern. Carter broke his career-high with 85 yards and tied his season-high with six catches, all in the first half, en route to Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week accolades in the victory at Iowa. He made a superlative 34-yard catch and run to the Iowa 11-yard line to set up a first-quarter touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Carter made a game-high six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State. He had a 20-yard touchdown catch and a 21-yard grab against the Buckeyes. After missing the Purdue game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the Ohio State game, Carter returned to the field at No. 18 Nebraska and made one catch for 12 yards before suffering the wrist injury that ended his year. He was named Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 (Freshman Season)
Carter was a third-team all-state selection for Coach Bill Cole at William Penn High School as a senior. He moved to tight end for his senior season after playing wide receiver as a junior. Carter was selected a first-team all-conference tight end as a senior and a second-team defensive end as a junior. He compiled a 3.5 grade-point average.
Full name is Kyle T. Carter. He is the son of Mitchell and Charlene Carter. He enjoys playing video games, watching TV and working out. Carter is a kinesiology major and is interested in a career as a physical therapist or an athletic trainer. Born December 17, 1992 in New Castle, Del.