Humbled Carter Joins List of Past Greats
OU free safety Quinton Carter
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Posted Dec 2, 2010

Free safety Quinton Carter has become the program’s 151st All-American and the 31st to do so under head coach Bob Stoops, and one could make a case that he’s the most humble of all those.

“Really, I don’t know where to start,” Carter said. “I mean, just looking back down OU’s history and looking among all those guys and the names and the prestige all those guys have and, I mean, just in these past couple years the other players I’ve played with, some great players, just to be among those names is a great honor.”

Indeed, it is.

He joins a group of All-Americans that in recent years has featured names like Curtis Lofton, Rufus Alexander, Adrian Peterson and Mark Clayton, just to name a few, and he’s the first defensive back at OU to become one since cornerback Derrick Strait did so back in 2003.

And as most humble players would do, Carter gave all the praise to his teammates.

“I really didn’t put too much thought into myself,” Carter said. “You know, it’s an individual award, but, you know, just knowing my teammates always have my back, always supporting me and they’re out there playing hard. I know nothing is possible without any of those guys.”

If that’s not enough to understand Carter’s humility, consider this.

“When I found out I just [was] thinking about where I all started off, like I just kind of flashed back to my first year ever playing football and kind of get a little emotional knowing, you know, how far I’ve come as a person,” Carter said.

And that’s not all.

Carter even admitted he was shocked at first.

“I thought it was a joke actually,” Carter said. “I’m like, ‘Are you serious, man?’ Just from then like I said I just kind of like [for me it was] an emotional type of thing, just thinking back on when I first started playing football and then my first days on campus and, you know, just kind of thinking about my teammates and watching them out there playing hard and that’s pretty much all I was thinking about.”

So, he’s not the ordinary All-American with how humble and how well rounded he is.

On top of becoming an All-American, that makes it even harder to believe he wasn’t selected as an AP All-Big 12 First Team recipient, but he was a defensive back on the Coaches’ All-Big 12 First Team.

And with all this, Carter has shaped the Sooner program in his own way.

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