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July 21, 2014

TCU reaches end of line with receiver Brandon Carter

Former Euless Trinity standout played three seasons with Horned Frogs.

Not surprisingly, wide receiver Brandon Carter’s career at TCU is pretty much over.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson said of the receiver, who in April was arrested on a marijuana possession charge (which was later dropped), that Carter “probably will not play this year. Academically he will not make it.”

Patterson was asked if he hoped Carter would remain at TCU to regain eligibility and pursue his football career.

“No. He has a redshirt year, and I think the best thing for him is to get a new start,” he said. “It’s setting a precedent — you have to go to school.”

This is not for a lack of effort on the part of Patterson, or TCU. Even after Carter’s arrest in April, they tried to bring him along, but it just never worked. There were major maturity issues, not to mention a difficult home situation for Carter.

This is a sad ending for a player who had such high expectations when he graduated from Euless Trinity and signed with TCU. He was a five-star recruit who picked TCU over Oklahoma. From 2011-13, Carter caught 90 passes for 1,312 yards and nine touchdowns. As good as he was, he always left you wondering how much more there was.

“Both sides tried. Brandon did and we did,” Patterson said. “He has a chance out there someday. He can still get his degree and do what he needs to do and still come out a winner.”

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