One area in desperate need of an upgrade for Tampa Bay is in the secondary. The Buccaneers will likely address the position (corner or safety) early on in April’s draft – possibly in the first round – but it wouldn’t shock anyone if they added a few defensive backs, even a late round selection. PewterReport.com focused Tuesday’s feature on the secondary, particularly two DBs – one from each team – who went to big universities and lined up against and along side some of college football’s elite.
Utah safety Tevin Carter came up with the play of the afternoon, as he intercepted a crossing route in stride and energized the West team defense. A fifth-year senior, Carter started all 11 games at strong safety this season for the Utes and established himself as a hard-nosed, in-the-box type guy. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound prospect finished fourth on the team in tackles with 56, including six for a loss. In 2014 he started four games before a season-ending injury, but not before he intercepted two passes and added 16 tackles. Some of Carter’s best moments over the past two years have come against top competition, as he had nine tackles in games against Michigan, Cal and Arizona State, while also returning pick-6’s against Michigan and UCLA.
Below is the transcript from his interview.
Tevin Carter, S Utah
(On his second practice) “Today was a much better day than the first day. I felt more comfortable. I was just playing football instead of worrying what was going on around me and was just able to play.”
(On his INT)
“I was playing safety, outside shade. He tried to step me out and run the seam, but I knew the quarterback was going to throw it because we had no safety in the middle. It was just a fact of me going to make a play, either get a pick or make a tackle. I was just happy to be there for a pick.”
(On if he’s strictly a safety)
“If I have to play other positions I will, but I would like to play safety, either free or strong. I’m not too fond of corner.”
(On impressive tackling numbers, especially for loss)
“I’m a bigger body and I play in the box a lot. I feel comfortable in the box. It plays into my hand. Right now I’m taking this opportunity to work on my man coverage and stuff, which has been working out. Everybody looks at me, though, and knows that I’m a bigger safety. Just trying to show my range as a sideline to sideline guy, and come down just as I do in the box.”
(On playing up to competition against top schools)
“It just shows that I own up to the competition. I play ball when I have to play ball – and I play ball when I don’t have to play ball – but those two games (vs. Mich and Cal) were big for me, each one I had nine tackles. Those were big games, playing against high level competition and I showed up. I feel good about that.”
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