Q&A: Sophomore Defensive End T.J. Carter talks Fall Camp

08/10/2017 03:04 PM

Sophomore defensive end TJ Carter is hoping for a breakout season. Carter played in 11 games last year, recording 11 tackles and half a sack in the process. He is listed as the starting defensive end on the latest depth chart, opposite Denzil Ware. T.J. Beisner caught up with him after Wednesday’s practice about how camp is going.

Q: How’s camp going so far?

A: It’s been pretty good. Everybody’s getting better defensively. We’re working to get better at stopping the run and stopping the offense. It’s been pretty good.

Q: You’re a guy that people say has a lot of potential. Is it different this camp than it was last year as a freshman?

A: Yeah, it definitely is different because I actually know what I’m doing now. Last year, I just came out still hitting my head, playing like I was in high school. It’s a lot easier now, just hands and steps and knowing how to place my hands and stuff like that.

Q: A lot of people say the defensive line is an unknown. There’s a lot of questions there. Do you guys talk about that?

A: Yeah, Coach LeBlanc always tells us we’re always going to be the guys people watch. We’re the biggest guys on the field besides the offensive line. We’re going to respond. We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder. We’re definitely going to get it right for the season.

Q: What does Coach LeBlanc bring this year that’s been different?

A: For the most part, him and Coach B (Jimmy Brumbaugh) are the same coach. I guess Coach LeBlanc tries to get more reps in faster. Coach B was more of a guy who would run on the field and jack you up, but Coach LeBlanc will just wait and save it for the meeting room. I feel like that’s the difference.

Q: I heard Coach LeBlanc is a good cook. Has he shown off any of that to you all?

A: He barbecued one time. I’m going to give him about a 6.5 on that barbecue, but it was alright. I appreciate it.

Watch the interview here:

TJ Beisner and Clayton Abernathy discuss what to expect from Carter this season.

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