UofL FOOTBALL | CB Announces Transfer

04/18/2017 05:54 PM

Just days after the spring football game at Louisville, junior cornerback Alphonso Carter announced via Twitter that he is transferring from Louisville.

According to his UofL Athletics bio, Carter is a 6’3” junior from Fort Washington, Maryland. In the 2015 season he appeared in six games for the Cardinals at wide receiver and as a punt returner. He missed the first seven with a hamstring injury. He appeared in 11 games as a contributor on special teams and second team defense in the 2016 season.

Before he transferred to Louisville he played one season at Tennessee, appearing in five games. He transferred to Iowa Western Community College before his stop at UofL.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because in 2015 Carter legally changed his name from Paul Harris to Alphonso Carter.

In high school, Carter was a 4-star recruit according to Rivals and the number 39 overall receiver. He was All-State in 2012 after 32 receptions for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Carter was charged with a class-D felony of tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and disregarding a stoplight during a December 6 traffic stop when he ran a red light. Police then found a loaded handgun in the car, which was hidden under the seat. He did not have a permit for the gun. On February 28, that charge was dismissed in Jefferson District Court and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

About three weeks after his citation (he was not arrested), he traveled with UofL to the Citrus Bowl but did not play due to injury. He appeared in court twice before head coach Bobby Petrino announced that he had just learned of the charges, but that Carter had been suspended indefinitely in late February.

Tuesday, Carter Tweeted:

“Met with Coach Petrino today, he told me he doesn’t want me on the team anymore. So I’ll be opening up my recruitment again! 6’4 Cornerback”

He then added:

“I’ve been cleared by Mr.Petrino, I was allowed to practice, I asked him was it ok for me to rehab before I go out and compete. He said yes.”

Followed by:

“I got cleared 4 days into spring ball. After that I was allowed to practice with my teammates and go compete”

And finally:

“Not the great athlete I thought you were, You can’t even stay health[y]…”

Carter also tweeted out a series of tweets containing practice footage, which was not intended to be made public, garnering retweets from teammates such as Jamari Staples.


Carter graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Louisville in December.

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News and you can watch the shows anytime with Spectrum on Demand. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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