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Former Colorado State Rams Running Back Raymond Carter Eyes NFL

Kevin Jairaj – USA Today Sports

The Colorado State Rams may have another former player in the NFL soon.

Raymond Carter, who played for CSU from 2010-2011, hasn’t given up his dream of playing football professionally. In fact, he’s working harder now than ever to achieve those goals and he was nice enough to take the time to chat with me.

When he played for the Rams – after transferring from the UCLA Bruins – Carter was a versatile back. He ran inside the tackles and out, while also able to catch passes out of the backfield as well.

In 2010 as a junior, he beat out four other running backs to earn the starting job. But, because of two different minor knee injuries that year, he was limited in his production.

In his senior season at CSU, Carter came alive. His rushing yards more than doubled (584) and his yards per carry ballooned to 4.8 per. In his final college game, he put the Rams on his back and ran for a career-high 158 yards. His second touchdown of that cold November day gave the Rams a 19-14 lead, only to see it slip away in a Border War loss.

Following last season, Carter impressed at CSU’s Pro Day. He ran around a 4.5 40-yard dash, put up 26 reps on the bench and displayed a vertical of 36.5 inches. While it wasn’t enough to get drafted, the 23-year old did get looked at by multiple teams, and called into multiple camps. First it was the Jacksonville Jaguars, and while he said it was a good workout, the Jags kept none of the four free agent backs they brought in.

“It was just exciting to be there, in the atmosphere,” Carter said. “My first practice, I was nervous, everything is like 10 times faster. Being in that position you want to do everything perfect and you think so much you make a lot of mistakes…I was still grateful for the opportunity.”

A week later, the Green Bay Packers came calling, and even though he was able to display his skills, the Packers went in another direction.

“I had my opportunities to show what I had and it’s a business so you have to respect every decision those guys make because they’re doing it for the best of their program,” Carter maturely explained. “Especially the Green Bay Packers, they’re one of the best teams in the league.”

Still, months later, it was the New England Patriots that invited him into camp, and Carter admitted he wasn’t in the best shape at the time. The Patriots said they liked him, but were worried his conditioning wasn’t at the level it needed to be, something he blames himself for.

So, Carter got back into the gym. Last December, he started working out at Velocity Sports Performance in his native California, where NFL athletes like Von Miller and Jake Locker train from time to time.

“Going through that phase last year made me more dedicated to what I’m doing,” he said. “I’ve been training four days a week, just keeping myself ready to do Pro Day again and the Regional Combine out in Atlanta.”

Carter was invited to CSU’s Pro Day again 10 days ago, and then attended the NFL Regional Combine in Atlanta last Sunday, saying he was proud of the workouts and being able to display he still has quickness despite putting on a few extra pounds and weighing in at 223.

Next up for the former Rams running back is a date at the Dallas Super Regional Combine on April 7-8, which is an invite-only event. According to the NFL’s website, 25 percent of participants earn an NFL contract.

“I told myself, I won’t have anymore excuses this year. That’s why I’ve continued to train at Velocity, to keep myself ready for whatever. If I have an opportunity with any team, I’ll be ready to go,” Carter said.

“I just want to play football. NFL, you know, there’s a chance I might go to Canada. Whatever comes, comes. At this point and time I just want to play. I don’t mind where I end up just hopefully it’s a position where I can show what I’ve got,” he finished.

Ray Carter is one of the good guys; a hard-worker with a good head on his shoulders, and he’s proving he continues to mature — and all indications point to him landing with an NFL team very soon.