82 Drew Carter

Drew Carter Ohio State
usaUnited States
Solon, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Post-OSU Update: Despite tearing his ACL during the 2003 season, Drew Carter was selected in the fifth-round (163rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Carter played three seasons in the NFL, all with Carolina, compiling 71 catches for 977 yards and 8 touchdowns in 33 games over three seasons. (updated: Sep. 2022)

Major: Sport and Leisure Studies (2001-03), Undeclared (1999-00)

Jersey #: 8 (2002-03), 82 (1999-01)

Weight: 200 (2001-03), 187 (1999-00)

2003 Media Guide: Drew Carter is a veteran receiver with outstanding hands and overall athletic ability … one of the fastest players on the team (4.3) … can play either receiver spot … outstanding leaper with the ability to go up and get the ball and is especially dangerous on the fade route in the end zone … has been slowed by injuries throughout his career, but got through the 2002 campaign injury free and was a regular member of the receiving corps … enters the 2003 campaign with 16 career receptions and 23 games played … coming off a solid spring that has coaches hopeful he is ready for his best year … will play on the special teams … participated in indoor track last winter and finished second in the long jump at the Big Ten Championships … also second outdoors at the NCAA Regional track meet and qualified for the national championships in Sacramento … coming off a good spring.

2002 Season: Returned to action after missing the entire 2001 campaign because of an injury and played in 11 games … finished the season with 10 catches for 147 yards and an average of 14.7 yards per reception … celebrated his return to action with a 26-yard catch-and-run in the season opener vs. Texas Tech … had a career-high four receptions for 76 yards in the win over San Jose State, including a career-long 28 yard grab … had receptions in five games … only other multiple-reception game was against Kent State (two for 17 yards).

2002 Media Guide: Drew Carter returns to action after sitting out all of last year – first with an ankle sprain and later with a knee injury … emerged from spring practice in 2001 as the likely starter at split end, but sprained his right ankle in fall camp and missed the first two games because of that injury … cleared to return to action against Indiana the following week, he injured his right knee and missed the remainder of the season … did practice this past spring, however, and appears to be fully recovered and fit for duty in the fall … is a rangy target with excellent hands and speed … can elevate and won’t hesitate to go horizontal in an effort the make the catch.

2001 Season: Injured.

2001 Media Guide: Drew Carter is another highly thought of wide receiver … expected to be the starter at split end, succeeding two-year regular Reggie Germany … good athlete with fine hands and speed … former high school basketball standout who now uses his leaping ability to go up and catch passes … did not start playing football until his senior year in high school and is still very much in the early stages of his football career, especially in terms of learning the intricacies of the game … worked hard in the spring and is going to be an exceptional player … inexperienced but has the ability to be a gamebreaker … also a member of the Ohio State track team this past year, competing in the long jump and the 4 X 100 Relay.

2000 Season: Played in all 12 games for a total of 52 minutes … finished the year with six receptions for 75 yards, an average of 12.5 yards per catch … two catches for 27 yards against Michigan … also had a 19-yard catch-and-run against Penn State.

2000 Media Guide: When you see him run crisp routes, make a circus catch on the sideline look routine, and outleap a defensive back by eight inches, there’s no way you’ll believe that Drew Carter has only been playing football for two years – one as a senior in high school and the other as a freshman that was redshirted at Ohio State. Blessed with an enormous amount of natural athletic ability, Carter is a huge part of the future of the OSU offense. “Drew Carter probably has more potential than any other receiver we have,” Tim Salem, receivers coach, said. “He hadn’t played much football prior to coming here. He’s come a long way since his first day on campus and will be a major contributor to the offense in due time.”

1999 Season: Redshirted, but benefited from understudying Reggie Germany and Vanness Provitt.

1999 Media Guide: Did not play high school football as a sophomore or junior, instead concentrating on basketball and averaged 19.0 points per game as a junior … was outstanding on the football field as a senior, averaging a marvelous 27.0 yards every time he made a reception … Caught 33 passes for 890 yards and 13 touchdowns for an 8-2 Solon High team … Three touchdown receptions in his second game as a senior hiked the interest from major schools … A brother, Grant, will be a sophomore on the football team at Minnesota … Selected honorable mention Division I all-district … the son of Tina and Wayne Carter.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2000Ohio State1200001367512.5019000
2001Ohio State00000000000000
2002Ohio State140000NA1014714.70280NANA
2003Ohio State882130NA2541016.41490NANA