College football is full of competition and teams beating up on other teams to no mercy. There are very few moral victories or feel-good stories during gameplay, but this is one. Jayson Carter is just 4-foot-9 and 135 pounds, yet he is playing college football and is a running back — a position where you need to be decent-sized and strong. It seems as if this running back is strong on the field and in his mind because he has been a walk-on for three years for the Rice Owls and he finally got his chance to carry the ball for the first time in a blowout game.
Watch as Carter carries the ball for the first time as a collegiate running back:
He’s on the team for a reason, he’s no charity case. Although he gained no yards on the play and just had one carry in the game, the crowd and his teammates love the guy. It seems as if he’s a crowd favorite and it looks as though the opponents thought highly of him, too, as they patted him on the helmet after a tackle.
It’s not often you see an athlete who is under five feet tall play a collegiate sport — in fact, I’m not sure if any has ever played football.
The running back has been on the practice squad for three years and to receive his first carry for the Owls had to be a dream come true. Praise has to go to the coaches who believed in him enough to have him dress for the game and to give him a carry.
Well done, Jayson Carter. Your determination will be an inspiration to all.