College football’s new redshirt rule definitely contributed to Pitt’s thrilling 54-45 win over Duke.
Under the new rule, coaches are now permitted to use a player in four games before a year of eligibility is used.
With all that being said, Pat Narduzzi and Shawn Watson inserted a new face in the Panthers offensive game plan that completely caught Duke off-guard and they couldn’t come up with an answer to stop him.
V’Lique Carter is a true freshman from Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. He signed with Pitt as a safety but showed today that he’s going to be a future weapon on offense.
If you didn’t know any better, Quadree Henderson suited up today was wearing #19 at Heinz Field.
The Pitt staff “discovered” Carter while he was running plays on the scout team, specifically jet sweeps. He was impressive enough in practice that they felt they had to get him into some game action.
That turned out to be a prudent decision.
In his first college game, Watson used Carter as a wide receiver and continually fed him the ball on the jet sweep. For the day, Carter rushed the ball seven times for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Carter’s Yards Per Carry
- 1Q: 11 yards
- 2Q: 62 yards
- 3Q: 11 yards
- 3Q: 31 yard TD run
- 4Q: 2 yards
- 4Q: 16 yard TD run
- 4Q: 4 yards
More than a few Pitt fans were probably trying to remember who Carter was and how Pitt signed him
Carter was a late addition to Pitt’s Class of 2018 as they were able to flip him from Iowa State and got a commitment from him on December 15 before he officially signed with them on National Signing Day–December 18.
Carter (5′-10″, 165) was a 3-star recruit that also held offers from Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Purdue and Central Florida. In high school, Carter excelled as a safety, running back and was a dangerous return man. In fact, he scored touchdowns on the ground, as a receiver, as a punt returner and on defense.