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Friday, October 15, 1999

Carrier no passing fancy for A&M-Kingsville

By Javier Becerra
Caller-Times

 

John Kennedy/Caller-Times
Texas A&M-Kingsville receiver Teddy Carrier has already eclipsed his career high for passes caught in a season, hauling in 19 receptions this year.
A product of Converse Judson High School in San Antonio, Teddy Carrier knows about winning traditions.
   After culminating his schoolboy football career with a trip to the Class 5A Division I state championship, Carrier decided to head south to Texas A&M-Kingsville.
   For Carrier, it was an easy transition.
   "A&M-Kingsville has an awesome tradition," said Carrier, a senior wide receiver for the Javelinas. "In high school I caught more balls and it was fun winning. I could have gone to a passing school and caught 40 passes a year. Whatever way I can help this team is fine with me."
   Most of the help Carrier has provided over his four years has been blocking for A&M-Kingsville's bevy of running backs.
   This year, however, Carrier has surpassed his single-season receiving bests in just six games, recording 19 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
   "I worked hard this summer running routes and practicing on my timing," Carrier said. "But I didn't know I'd catch this many balls. It's a shocker, so I'm glad. I just wish we were winning. That would make it better."
   Although the Javelinas are experiencing their worst season in 16 years, Carrier said his role on the team hasn't changed.
   "I believe I can make plays for the team," Carrier said. "Right now we're struggling, so I try to help the team in any way to get things fired up. If they call on me, I'm there."
   When coaches have called, Carrier has produced.
   All three of his touchdowns have come on passes of 20 yards or more and have included acrobatic leaps into the end zone.
   A&M-Kingsville quarterback Abel Gonzalez said Carrier's skill has been chiseled after four years with the Javelinas.
   "He just goes up and has a real good feeling for where the ball is," Gonzalez said. "He knows how to get position on the defensive backs, but that comes from all his experience. I don't think a young receiver could do the things he does."
   At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Gonzalez said defenses frequently underestimate Carrier's talents because of his size.
   "He has some wheels, and he can surprise defenses with his toughness and speed," Gonzalez said. "He used to be able to get away with it at the beginning of season, but not now."
   You can't tell.
   Carrier's last three receptions have all surpassed 20 yards, with two catches for 25 yards and a 21-yard touchdown reception.
   Gonzalez said Carrier just has a knack for making plays.
   "When the ball comes his way, there's a good chance he's going to come down with it," Gonzalez said. "That's just the way he plays. He has football savvy."
   Carrier said he hopes his "savvy" will help him earn a roster spot in the Canadian Football League or Arena Football League.
   Right now, Carrier said his focus is on helping the Javelinas salvage their season.
   "I love the game and I love competing against people," Carrier said. "You have to prove you can win. This year has been tough, so we're just trying to make the best of it and keep our heads up."
  
  




Staff writer Javier Becerra can be reached at 886-3734 or by email at becerraj@caller.com

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