6-foot, 200 pounds, freshman
Hometown Ashburn, Va.
Member of the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team that played in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas.
Alex Carter came to Stanford with hopes of seeing the field as a true freshman and doing his part to help the Cardinal win games.
When coaches called Carter’s number early in 2012, he took advantage of his playing time by displaying great effort on defense and special teams.
The staff liked Carter’s determination to improve every aspect of his game and rewarded him with his first career start Oct. 20 against California.
He hasn’t disappointed.
Since taking over the starting job at cornerback, Carter has been making plays all over the field, recording 15 tackles and two forced fumbles.
He’s tallied 30 tackles for the year and leads No.13 Stanford (8-2) with three forced fumbles, all in the last five games.
Next up for the Cardinal is a primetime road showdown with undefeated and second-ranked Oregon.
Carter recently spoke with USA Football about the Cardinal football season and looked back on his experiences playing for Team USA.
How is the season going so far? It’s been going pretty good. It started a little slow as I was trying to get used to the playbook, but things are going good now.
What team or personal goals are still achievable this year? We are still in the race for the Pac 12 Championship. We have Oregon this week and UCLA the week after that, so we just want to keep playing hard and try and get to the Rose Bowl.
What has been the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make in your transition to college football? The speed is a clear difference in the offenses from high school to college. The playbooks also are a big difference, and I am trying to soak up as much information as I can.
How has your preparation changed since becoming a starter earlier in the year? It hasn’t changed much. I just meet with coaches, study film, try to learn the playbook and try to play fast.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing for the U-19 National Team? I would definitely recommend it. I think it was a great experience, and I would love to do it again. The whole experience was great, and I had a sense of unity with my country.
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