The media got an opportunity to talk with Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter. The fifth-year senior returns for his last year as a Tiger and explained how he has changed his mindset for the season.
Carter, who is currently penciled in as the starter at the boundary corner position, also touched on the defense’s improvements as a whole, and more specifically cornerback Amir Trapp and safety Tanner Muse.
Question: How do you think the secondary did today?
Carter: “I think collectively we did well. Of course there are always things we can work on but I think as a whole we are showing a lot of maturity and all of us are starting to feel more comfortable in what our reads are and what the scheme of the defense is. Especially for the younger guy, so I feel like as a whole it is going really well.”
Question: If there is one guy that has impressed you so far this fall in the secondary, who is it?
Carter: “One guy, I would have to say is Amir Trapp. Just because he is a younger guy, a smart guy, who hasn’t gotten many reps as far as being in the game. But as far as camp is going, he has been really consistent as far as I have seen and he is playing at a really high level.”
Question: Seems like the safeties are a headhunting group this year. What do you think?
Carter: “Yes sir for sure. Those guys are playing really well too. From the one’s to the two’s. Tanner Muse, Van Smith, Isaiah (Simmons), all of those guys are playing really well right now at safety, especially Tanner, just because he is a newer guy who is getting a lot more reps now. He’s been locked in and doing really well back there.”
Question: How are you approaching this season? What is Ryan Carter’s mindset heading into this final run for you?
Carter: “My mindset is just to try to be a leader, especially in the secondary. Not just talk about it but also do it by my actions. How I come to practice every day and just to show the younger guys the sense of urgency you have to have. I remember being a younger guy and starting to feel a little overwhelmed with things but now I feel like I understand the defensive scheme and I can definitely help translate that to guys who feel like they don’t understand something.”
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