• Kyle Carter expects to be ready for season

    Kyle Carter had never suffered a serious injury until he dislocated his right wrist and tore ligaments during a loss at Nebraska last November.

    Carter underwent surgery, wore a cast for 10 weeks and went through extensive rehabilitation. The worst part of his recovery, though, had nothing to do with football.

    “The one thing that hurt me, that I was mad I couldn’t do, was play video games,” Carter said Wednesday. “When my friends played Call of Duty or NBA 2K, I just had to watch the whole time. As soon as I got a smaller cast, I was definitely excited to get back on the sticks.”

    But probably not as excited as his Penn State coaches and teammates are to know that Carter will be ready for the start of preseason practice in August.

    “The rehab’s going along well,” Carter said, “and I’ll definitely be able to be back by the beginning of the season. If I had to play a game now, I would be able to play.

    Carter was a revelation last season, catching 36 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns and receiving All-Big Ten first-team and Freshman All-America honors.

    He suffered a sprained ankle against Ohio State and sat out a game before returning to make the trip to Nebraska. He suffered his wrist injury on an incomplete pass in the third quarter of a 32-23 loss.

    “I still remember the play like it was yesterday,” Carter said. “It was just a freak accident the way he (a Nebraska defender) fell on my wrist. I definitely didn’t expect it to be this serious of an injury after it happened.”

    He had the surgery three days later and received much support from his roommates: Adrian Amos, Bill Belton and Allen Robinson.

    “They helped by pushing me and letting me know it wasn’t as bad as it seemed,” Carter said. “When it first happened I couldn’t really do anything with my right hand. I was in a depressed state just watching them play and watching the games.

    “They would sit around and talk to me when I was doing my rehab with the trainers.”

    Carter wore a strap around his right forearm during offseason weightlifting and caught passes with his left hand during informal workouts. He said he began catching with both hands about two months ago.

    He’s participating in all the non-contact drills during Penn State’s spring practice, but he won’t play in the Blue-White Game April 20 at Beaver Stadium.

    “The injury has made me focus on my hands more,” Carter said. “When I’m blocking I keep my hands inside. Even when I’m catching, I really focus on catching the ball instead of relaxing when I see it coming. It really can be a benefit for me and that’s what I’m hoping for.”

    Penn State is very deep at tight end, where Carter, Jesse James, Matt Lehman, Brent Wilkerson and prized recruit Adam Breneman play. Carter said both Wilkerson and Breneman are versatile and might see playing time this season.

    “We definitely have an embarrassment of riches at tight end,” Carter said. “They’re definitely expanding it (the offense) for us. They’re getting more of us on the field and getting us into different positions. It’s definitely exciting to practice. I’m excited for this year and what we all can do.”

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