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Better Know a Freshman: Tory Carter

258 pounds of fullback meat.

There are no fullbacks on the LSU roster. At least, if you ask Orgeron there aren’t. It’s become a tidy marketing slogan as O seeks to differentiate himself from the previous regime.

The F-backs, as they are called now, serve as a hybrid FB/TE role, and frequent moving pieces in Matt Canada’s offense. At Pittsburgh, the F-backs did a little of everything, blocking, catching and running. They come in all shapes and sizes and are frequently described as the Swiss army knives in Canada’s offense. So, no, there’s no “full” back, but there’s an F-back and you can make of that what you will.

Whatever you name it, it’s no secret Canada is already finding more creative ways to get this player grouping involved in the offense. TEs as receivers all but disappeared under Miles and Cameron. The FB served as little more than a battering ram for one of our star tailbacks and occasional pass receiver in the flat. But a new coach brings a new hope.

How does Tory Carter fit into the f-back role?

Back of the Card

110 - 101 = Franchise Player. One of the best players to come along in years, if not decades. Odds of having a player in this category every year is slim. This prospect has "can’t miss" talent.

100 - 98 = Five-star prospect. One of the top 30 players in the nation. This player has excellent pro-potential and should emerge as one of the best in the country before the end of his career. There will be 32 prospects ranked in this range in every football class to mirror the first round of the NFL Draft.

97 - 90 = Four-star prospect. One of the top 300 players in the nation. This prospect will be an impact-player for his college team. He is an All-American candidate who is projected to play professionally.

89 - 80 = Three-star prospect. One of the top 10% players in the nation. This player will develop into a reliable starter for his college team and is among the best players in his region of the country. Many three-stars have significant pro potential.

79 - below = Two-star prospect. This player makes up the bulk of Division I rosters. He may have little pro-potential, but is likely to become a role player for his respective school.

247 Composite Ranking: ***
247 Composite Rating: .8386

Fullback prospects don’t generally generate much recruiting attention and Carter is no different. He ranked as the 1,153 player in the 2017 signing class. He is ranked as the no. 3 overall FB in the class, just behind Les Miles’ son, Ben. He didn’t receive much national acclaim, but Carter did hold a committable offer from Michigan, where he also took an official visit. He took an unofficial visit to Auburn, as well, but nothing ever seemed to materialize there.

Carter is built like a vintage FB at 6’1”, 258 pounds. His thickframe makes him college ready at a young age and sure enough he saw his first action last week, where he aided a Guice TD run.

On the Field

Already There: Size, Aggression, Leverage, Quickness

Working on It:

Doesn’t Have It: Athletic Upside

Already There

Size: As mentioned, 6’1”, 258 is a big boy FB. That’s an NFL-sized FB on a teenager. FBs don’t typically take a RS and Carter doesn’t need one. He’s got the physical piece already in place.

Aggression: God made fullbacks to be mean and Tory Carter is no exception. He finished a block at :05 in a way I dream of our OL recruits doing. Sure, the goal for most is to block, but for Carter the aim is to destroy. Again, at :13, the kid likes putting defenders in the dirt. No really, look at :44. He doesn’t stop at whistles, he stops at “your ass is in the dirt.” At 2:07 he ensures the ball carrier gets to look into the eyes of God with a devastating hit.

Leverage: Low man wins and Carter seems to have a predilection for hammering folks in the solar plexus. I rather enjoy that his block at :55 is basically Goldberg’s spear. 1:20 you see how he uses leverage as a defender to win battles. This is pretty consistent on his tape and while D highlights won’t mean much for his future, you can tell he understands the leverage game.

Quickness: Carter’s got a quick first step as a DL, though it’s not wholly surprising he’d be quicker and more athletic than most HS OL. There’s plenty of clips, but you can see him at 4:19, blowing by OL and getting a hit on the QB.

Working On It

Pass Catching: No clips of him in this role. Not sure where’s at as a pass catcher, but given his HS offense used him as a runner and, at times, QB, seems like they would have tried him as a receiver if he had any penchant for it.

Doesn’t Have It

Athletic Upside: Mike Alstott he is not. Carter won’t be a guy who starts seeing RB type carries because of his running ability. He can take a dive play and do what he needs. He can probably take one off the motion around the end and pick you up some yards. But don’t expect him to be a vital rushing threat.

Poseur’s 80s Movie Comparison

Big guy who likes to hit people without regard for the consequences? Boy, it looks like we’re back in the action movie section. I don’t want to overdo action movies in my comps because, well, you could compare every player to an action movie, logically, and the 80s were a veritable gold mine for movies featuring repeated blows to the head. That said, fullbacks get underdog action movies. It’s in the Poseur Handbook.

IMP Awards.com

The original Mad Max hadn’t had a wide release in the US, so despite its success in Australia, the movie was unknown here. So the sequel was not marketed as a sequel, but instead as an original film, The Road Warrior. Max really is a jerk who only cares about himself until right at the very end, but he knows how to run a misdirection play, if that epic final chase scene is any indication.

We don’t need Tory Carter to be literally insane like Max is, but we could use his ferocity and his poor decision making, like being willing to jump in the giant tanker full of guzzoline getting chased by a bunch of goons led by a half-naked guy in a hockey mask. Most rational people wouldn’t get willingly involved in such a scenario, but we ask our fullbacks and action heroes to confront the worst monsters, and then not get to enjoy the peace that comes after. The Road Warrior moves on to the next monster to hit.

What the Future Holds

It’s pretty easy to see where Carter fit in the Les Miles offensive gameplan. He’s a big, burly strongman that likes to punish defenders. Miles envisioned this guy hammering LBs as a 5-star followed him through the hole and onto the second level. In Canada’s offense, his role becomes a little less clear. Obviously, his blocking can still be an attribute, but he’s not nearly the versatile style player I suspect Canada will recruit as a typical F-back.

Tory Carter plays football like Bamm-Bamm Rubble lived his life: haphazardly and often with destructive tendencies. He likes to hit people. A lot. This is the type of guy that thrives on contact. He wants to make his opponents feel pain. That’s fun to him. In that way, he’s vintage. Give that sucker a neck roll. He’s already got a Boz-like haircut.

Carter’s role is pretty straight forward. He’s here to block. Thankfully, he seems to enjoy it.

High End: Rotational F-back and President of Future Lead Blocker’s of America.
Low End: Only used in GL packages and surpassed by more versatile talents.
Realistic: His size and power should play. I don’t think he can be a weapon in the way someone like David Ducre might, but offenses need blockers too.