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Miami Player Profile: Jamal Carter

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile two players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Jamal Carter

Sophomore - S - 6'1 207 - Homestead, FL

Appeared in all 12 games last season, mostly on special teams, and tallied 6 solo stops.

Was a 4 star prospect coming out of H.S. and brings great size and intensity to the safety position.

Carter really stepped up this spring, and now projects as a potential starter opposite Deon Bush. Even if Dallas Crawford and/or Rashawn Jenkins gets the nod over him, he still promises to see a plethora of playing time this fall.

"His maturity, his preparation, he’s experienced now. He’s playing with a lot more poise. He’s a physical, explosive player. I just think he’s playing good football. He’s an explosive kid. He’s strong, he’s starting to run the show and play with more confidence. His maturity from the end of last year to right now has been great." - Al Golden on Carter during spring practice.

Here is a great look at some of his skills (mostly with the ball):

Summary: Carter is arguably the most talented S Miami has had since Ray Ray Armstrong (hopefully minus the off the field headaches). It would not shock me in the least if Carter got the most snaps of any S on the roster not named Deon Bush. His talent is undeniable, and his presence on the back end is one UM has sorely missed the past few seasons. The only problem is he does not have much game experience.  Jenkins is a steady performer and could hold him off, IF Carter gives up more big plays then he makes.  My bet is that early on Jenkins sees more action, but as the season progresses Carter takes over and picks off a few passes, as well as delivers some timely hits. Look for plenty of opportunities on ST and in the return game as well.

Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to Labor Day Vs Louisville.