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Sunday, February 10, 2013
2014 linebacker is back in the game

By Mason Kelley

For Brett Carter (Tacoma, Wash./Franklin Pierce), the past week provided a little relief, some excitement and a look toward his future.

Five months after the 6-foot-3, 199-pound linebacker fractured his left tibia and fibula, Carter was able to compete in several basketball games, taking the floor twice for the Franklin Pierce Cardinals.

“It’s a huge relief,” he said. “It was a long journey. It’s a nine-month injury, potentially, and I’m about five months through it. Halfway through the injury, to be stepping back on the court and playing playoff basketball, is pretty cool.”

After two games, Carter said his leg feels about 80 percent.

“It feels just about new,” he said. “I can’t jump off that one leg, but I can jump pretty high off two. That makes up for it.”

In addition to his return to the basketball floor, Carter got his football fix, attending Washington’s junior day Saturday. He said he enjoyed the experience, getting an academic tour, a facilities tour and a chance to talk with potential position coach Peter Sirmon.

“It was pretty fun,” he said. “They invited me back for some practices in the spring. I feel like they’re waiting to see what I can do, because I’ve only got sophomore film.”

While touring Washington's football facilities, Carter asked the equipment manager about helmets. Before heading home, Carter was given the opportunity try on a few to find a good fit.

The junior also caught the attention of the coaching staff with the way he dressed, wearing a pair of dark-washed jeans, a purple dress shirt and a black sweater vest.

“The coaches said I was best dressed,” Carter said with a laugh.

After his trip to Seattle, Carter is traveling across the state to attend Washington State’s junior day next weekend. He also continues to be in contact with Utah. He is using the rest of the basketball season to build confidence before he returns to the football field in time to hit college camps.

“It’s looking pretty good. I’ve just got to get out to some camps,” he said.