Friday, June 25, 2010

IS DURON CARTER'S DEPARTURE REALLY THAT BIG OF A LOSS?

Duron Carter, left, celebrating with OSU receiver DeVier Posey, following a touchdown against Wisconsin last season. (Photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

I'll go ahead and say it ... the Ohio State football team is better off without former wide receiver, Duron Carter.

I know, I know, he has been blessed with tremendous talent and athleticism ... yada, yada, yada. Come on, it's Ohio State, people — every single player on the roster has been blessed with great abilities.

No, the Buckeyes being better off has nothing to do with Carter's skills as a football player, and everything to do with his lack of maturity.

The bottom line is, he's spoiled — plain and simple.

After becoming academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl, and remaining so in spring camp this past April, Carter should've been hitting the books like he hits the wheel route.

Instead, he's hitting up Twitter like he's being paid by the word.

While watching veteran wideouts DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher mastering their trade in spring camp and giving it their all as if they were sixth and seventh on the depth chart, I'm reading Carter tweets about heading over to the RPAC to play basketball.

While checking out Taurian Washington, Chris Fields and Grant Schwartz competing with extreme diligence for the No. 3 spot — which was supposed to be Carter's role — I'm reading his tweets about going to the mall and eating at Chipotle.

Mr_Dcarter9, as he goes by on Twitter, should've paid heed back on the first day of spring practice when Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said, "even with Carter, Taurian Washington would be our No. 3 receiver."

Yeah, that's what we call "writing on the wall."

While watching James Jackson, Ricky Crawford, Garrett Hummel and Joe Cech busting their tails to get a spot on the wide receiver depth chart, Carter is tweeting about some guy's leg hair during his math class.

And ... we're about to see two freshmen receivers coming in — James Louis and Verlon Reed — who are hungry and itching to get on the field this fall ... while Carter is in Coffeyville, Kansas ... tweeting "The only place 2 eat (in Coffeyville) is Sonic!!!!!! Rednecks lol."

Carter's father, former OSU and NFL star Cris Carter, also had problems early in his career with maturity. The elder Carter eventually grew out of it and became one of the most respected men in the NFL.

Hopefully for the younger Carter, the same will also happen.

But until then, Carter's departure should be viewed as an addition by subtraction.

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