Kyle Carter's size and receiver-like speed make him a challenging match-up for opposing teams. A crisp route-runner with strong hands, Carter has been an impact player for the Nittany Lion offense the past two seasons. Entering his junior campaign, Carter is among a talented and deep pool of Nittany Lions tight ends, a unit that should rate among the nation's best. He has added several pounds to his frame since last season through his stellar efforts in the strength and conditioning program. Appearing in all 12 games last year, Carter was tied for third on the team with 18 receptions for 222 yards and one game-winning touchdown. A strong and improved blocker and receiver, he was a mid-season candidate for the John Mackey Award, after being the only freshman on the award's mid-season watch list in 2012. The vastly talented and athletic Carter was a consensus Freshman All-American during the 2012 campaign. Limited by an arm injury suffered in the 2013 season-opener against Syracuse, Carter did not miss a game for the Nittany Lions. He tied his career-high with six catches for a season-high 79 yards at Indiana, including a 26-yard catch to set up a score. Carter caught the game-winning touchdown pass against Illinois, a 15-yarder from Christian Hackenberg in overtime. The former William Penn High School standout compiled a 3.23 grade-point average during the spring semester and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Carter is among a trio of Nittany Lions from Delaware, being joined by freshmen Chris Godwin and Troy Reeder this fall.
2013 - Junior Season
Carter made 18 catches for 222 yards during his second season on the field. Appearing in all 12 games, with four starts, he was tied for fourth on the squad in receptions. Carter's efforts as a blocker and receiver helped the Nittany Lions rush for 2,088 yards and throw for 3,110 yards. A mid-season candidate for the John Mackey Award, Carter was limited by an arm injury suffered during the season-opener against Syracuse. Nonetheless, Carter did not miss any games. He made two catches in the home-opener against Eastern Michigan, gaining 16 yards. Carter had two catches for 23 yards against UCF, including a long of 15 yards. He made one catch for 29 yards in the first quarter against Kent State that set up the first touchdown of the game. Carter tied his career-high with six catches for a season-high 79 yards at Indiana, including a 26-yard catch to set up a score. He hauled in a pair of catches for 24 yards in the four-overtime win over No. 18 Michigan. One of his catches came in the fourth quarter that set up a fourth-and-one, which Penn State converted on its way to a field goal that drew the Lions within 34-27 against the Wolverines. Carter caught the game-winning touchdown pass against Illinois, a 15-yarder from Christian Hackenberg in overtime. He made one catch for eight yards at Minnesota and had two catches for 25 yards against Nebraska, including a long of 22 yards in the third quarter. Carter made one catch in the big 31-24 season-ending victory at No. 14 Wisconsin. He was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second time.
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.