A prime-time player who seems poised to not only make a run at All-America honors but also the Outland Trophy this fall...was expected to be a likely first round draft choice in the NFL draft in 2000 before he announced his decision to return to Cal for his senior season...has been selected to the 2000 Playboy. Street & Smith's and Athlon pre-season first-team All-America squads...has steadily built himself up from a 230-pound freshman, to a 240-pound soph to a 250-pounder last year...now is pushing 265 pounds with relentless work in the weight room...has a clean press of 380 pounds and benches 415 pounds, very impressive totals for a player with his lean body mass...also tied for the team best with a 35-inch vertical jump...
1999...was a unanimous first team All-Pac-10 selection by the conference coaches in 1999 and picked up second team All-America honors as named by Football News and CBS Sportsline...had a monster season as he recorded 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 101 yards, the best total among any Pac-10 defensive lineman and second overall...also was tied for third in the league with 10 sacks for minus 83 yards...finished the year with a total of 53 tackles, which meant that 38 percent of his tackles were big plays for a loss of yardage...also had six pass deflections and recovered a pair of fumbles...may have been Cal's most consistent player in '99 as he played all 11 games at a very efficient level...best game may have come at Nebraska where he dominated the vaunted Cornhusker offensive line in picking up four tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including sacks of 18 and 5 yards vs. the elusive Bobby Newcombe...also was impressive at BYU where he recorded three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a pair of sacks for minus 10 yards...put together another dominant performance in Cal's shutout of UCLA as he had one sack for minus five yards, forced one fumble to end a Bruin threat in Cal territory and was credited with five pass deflections...had a pair of sacks for minus 16 yards plus a fumble recovery against USC...
1998...earned second team Pac-10 accolades as a sophomore...finished as the team's seventh-leading tackler with 39 stops...also had eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 42 yards...registered four sacks for minus 32 yards...had several impact games, including the Oklahoma game in which he recovered two fumbles, one which stopped a Sooner drive at the Cal 36-yard-line and another which he picked off the ground and returned six yards to the Sooner 4-yard-line, setting up Cal's lone TD of the game...also played very well against Nebraska with five tackles (four unassisted), including a sack for minus six yards and another tackle behind the line of scrimmage...suffered a sprained ankle in the Washington State game and sat out the following week at USC, with limited playing time at Washington...
1997...showed steady progress throughout the season, moving into the starting lineup for good as a true freshman in the year's sixth game at Washington State...ranked fifth on the team with seven tackles for loss...in fact, the seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage were one-third of his total of 21 tackles for the year...finished the season in strong fashion with five of his tackles for loss and 2.5 of his 3.5 sacks coming in the final three games of the year...had a season-high four unassisted tackles against both Arizona State and Arizona.
High School/Personal: Earned first team USA Today All-America honors as a senior at Oak Grove HS...was rated the nation's No. 1 defensive lineman and an All-American by Parade magazine...was one of 26 players to receive Reebok Prep All-America honors...received a perfect 10 votes on the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...rated the No. 1 rush end in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and ranked as the No. 2 defensive line prospect in the country by PrepStar...was a SuperPrep All-America selection, rating as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect in the Far West region...named the Gatorade California state Player of the Year in 1996...first team all-state selection by Student Sports...as a senior, had 20 quarterback sacks among 102 tackles and had an additional 12 tackles for loss...set a state prep record with 28 sacks as a junior...during his career, he had 48 sacks as well as 22 tackles for loss...comes from great bloodlines as his father, Rubin, played at Miami (FL) and had a long NFL career with the Denver Broncos...father is now coaching the defensive line with the Washington Redskins...his mother, Diane, lives in Miami...had offers from virtually every school in the country before deciding on Cal over Northwestern, Miami and Arizona State...in track and field, was a state finalist in the shot put as a junior with a throw of 56-5...majoring in American studies at Cal...born May 12, 1979 in Denver, CO.
CARTER'S CAREER STATISTICS
THE ANDRE CARTER FILE
Some pro scouts projected him among the top three defensive end prospects had he entered the 2000 draft, but he elected to return to Cal for his senior season this fall.
Obviously comes from good genes as his dad, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, earned All-America honors at Miami, played 12 years with the Denver Broncos (1975-86) and is now the defensive line coach with the Washington Redskins.