Colorado State's Raymond Carter - Competitor
Posted Mar 28, 2012

Colorado State RB Raymond Carter - The Competitor.

Raymond Carter – The Competitor

If one only wanted one trait in a running back, it would be an insatiable competitive nature. This position ask everything of an athlete; backs have to run, read, block, catch, jump, break tackles, run away from defenders, run patterns and make great plays. I would want an athlete who would put forth an Olympian sized effort, backed by an immense work ethic; a solid worker who shows up every play with his hard hat and bag lunch. Colorado State's Raymond Carter is this kind of running back.

When recently speaking with Carter, he must have said the word "competitor" 50 times. Competition is the driving force behind this former No. 1 All-Purpose Running Back ( coming out of Crenshaw High School in LA. He left UCLA because of a lack of it and competed against, and beat out four other running backs to become the starter at Colorado State.

This is a competitor.

But "the competitor" in him was stifled at UCLA. Disheartened by the lack of open-competition for the starting running back position, Carter was faced with a tough decision.

"It was very had for me", he reminisces as he explains the transfer to Colorado State, "but it was a shot at a better opportunity. Going into the fall camp (the coaches) took the competition out…it was best for me to move on."

So move on he did.

Colorado State give him an opportunity to compete for the starting position. While sitting out the 2009 season, as per Division 1 Transfer Rules, he practiced with the team, but more importantly, he observed and learned.

"I watched the other running backs and learned how I could better myself to get that starting position. I especially watched and learned the offense as a whole and became very comfortable with it."

In just two full years with the Rams, Carter left quite an impression. In his Junior year, he totaled 104 rushing and 120 receiving yards in a game against Idaho. He was the first back in over 40 years to have over 100 yards rushing and receiving in a single game. He has also had a 66 and 72 yard TD reception in his junior and senior years, respectively.

The college All-Star game season, posted no fruits for Carter, as he was not extended and invite to any of the games, and more importantly the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Unjolted by this occurrence, he interpreted it as an "opportunity for study":

"I sat and watched every minute of it (from his home on TV). I constantly asked myself ‘what can I do better'." Carter believed that he could have competed with the other running backs there, drill-for-drill, exercise-for-exercise and step-for-step. With his neverending will to compete, he recorded all the top numbers, performances and stats and made these his new benchmark. In short, he would compete against the top running backs in the nation, even if he wasn't at the Combine.

"I used this info to adjust my training so at Pro Day my numbers would be amongst the best in the country."

Training twice a day, five times a week at Velocity Sports Performance in Redondo Beach lasted on him many skills, techniques and most importantly, improvements. A bigger, stronger and faster Raymond Carter walked into his Pro Day at Colorado Stated and absolutely amazed.

The Niners, Raiders, Texans, Bills, Chiefs, Titans, Broncos and Packers scouts were treated to a dazzling display of running back mastery. Carter's standout performances were his 26 repetitions of 225-pound at the bench press and his blazing 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed; both totals would have him ranked as the #2 running back in both categories. Very impressive.

In his post Pro Day interview, he admitted that he didn't know what the scouts thought of him, but he was determined to give them something to remember.

"I treated it (the Pro Day) as another day of training. I wanted to show off my speed and strength. My goal was at least 25 on the bench and to run a great 40. I ran great routes, caught the ball well and had a great workout. I feel really good about my Pro Day."

So now comes the waiting game. As these and other scouts weigh in on Carter, they will no doubt be considering a true competitor who has proved that he could improve and become better. He is an explosive back, able to make big plays on the ground and through the air.

By building up his lower body, he is now able to break more tackles and extend his runs. This is added to his run game, where he excels at being an every down back, able to take 20+ carries a game if needed. A definite asset in the passing game, Carter runs very good routes and catches the ball exceptionally well.

Any NFL team interested in Raymond Carter, will be getting an ultra-skilled running back without a lot of wear and tear who will be able to contribute to both the running and passing game. But more importantly, they will be signing the best thing a running back can be – a competitor.

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