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  Taurean Carter was not accustomed to being a designated scout team player. Then a 6-3, 288-pound defensive tackle from Mansfield (Texas) Legacy, Carter was rated the 30th-best prospect at his position out of high school, and he was a four-year letterman. A menace to opposing offensive linemen, he racked up more than 90 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in his final two years at the school. He was the man for the Broncos. Ultimately, he signed with Chad Morris and Arkansas over offers from the likes of Florida, Michigan State, TCU and Texas, among other programs. Carter began playing football at age 4. His freshman season at Arkansas was the first time he had not touched the field in any game. Carter contemplated transferring, and he began questioning whether or not football was truly in the cards for him.

At certain points in time, he wanted to quit altogether. Carter regularly talked about his situation with his father, who encouraged him to do some self-reflecting. "He'd give me the real, like, you've got to get better," Carter said. "He said, 'You've worked too hard your whole life, so don't give up now. You'll never want to be a quitter.' He didn't raise me to be a quitter. That made me have to look at myself in the mirror and ask myself what's wrong. "What am I doing wrong? How can I improve? I took that year doing scout team, putting in work after practice … I didn't travel to games, so I would go into the facility on weekends then get back to it throughout the week. All those days added up and it helped me improve. I saw improvement and I saw me getting better at stuff I did before." - Northwest Arkansas Times

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News Source: Northwest Arkansas Times

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