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Luke Carter (gridiron football)

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Luke Carter (born November 6, 1996)[1] is an American football placekicker and punter who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Wofford Terriers.[2] He is most known for setting an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision record for most made extra points in a career without a miss.[3] From 2016 to 2019, Carter went a perfect 141-for-141. The record was previously held by Anders Larsson of Montana State, who connected on all 101 attempts from 1985-1988.

Early life[edit]

Carter was born in Columbia, South Carolina to Luther F. Carter and Folly Carter. He moved to Florence, South Carolina shortly after birth. Carter played football at Wilson High School (South Carolina) and was named the USA Today Punter of the Year in South Carolina in 2013.[4] After receiving scholarship offers to Wofford and the Army Black Knights[5], Carter committed to Wofford on December 18, 2014.

College career[edit]

Carter received very minimal action his first two years at Wofford, and served primarily as the backup kicker.

Carter won the starting job at both placekicker and punter in 2017. He was named to the All-Southern Conference first-team after leading the conference in field goal percentage, going 11-for-12.[6] Carter made his first field-goal try against the Furman Paladins on September 2, connecting on a 44-yard attempt as the Terriers would win the game, 24-23. On November 4, Carter hit a 34-yard field goal in double overtime to beat the Chattanooga Mocs, 24-21. Wofford would win the Southern Conference following the season, marking its first championship since 2012.[7] The Terriers would subsequently win the conference again in 2018 and 2019, resulting in the first three-peat in school history.

Carter would have another strong campaign in 2018, again being named to the All-Southern Conference team as a punter.[8] He finished second in the conference with a 43.6 yard punt average. In the FCS playoffs, Carter tied a school record by kicking four field goals against the Elon Phoenix in a 19-7 victory.[9]

Following the 2019 season, Carter achieved many notable records. He would set the NCAA FCS record for most made extra-points in a career without a miss, going 141-for-141. Carter broke Wofford's career field-goal percentage mark, connecting on 33 out of 40 attempts. Carter also broke Wofford career records in kick points as well as field-goal makes.[10]

References[edit]

  1. "Luke Carter - Football". Wofford College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  2. "Luke Carter - Football". Wofford College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  3. Shanesy, Todd. "Wofford kicker Luke Carter finished with NCAA record on extra points". GoUpstate. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  4. reports, From staff. "PREP ROUNDUP: Dillon sweeps South Robeson". SCNow. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  5. "Luke Carter, 2015 Kicker - Rivals.com". n.rivals.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  6. "All-SoCon coaches football teams announced". soconsports.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  7. "Wofford picked by media to win football title". soconsports.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  8. "All-SoCon coaches football teams announced". soconsports.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  9. "Wofford Football Advances Win 19-7 Win Over Elon". Wofford College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  10. "Luke Carter - Football". Wofford College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-18.


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