Dewayne Carter proves he’s more than just football

much more than we see

At 6″3″ and 298 pounds, DeWayne Carter is hard to lose on the football field. Duke Football’s defensive tackle was very visible in the team’s first three games. But there’s so much more to Carter than football and it’s those things we don’t see that have led him to a very prestigious team.

Carter was named to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association’s Team of Good Works. He is one of eleven FBS players and twenty-two overall in college football to be picked. Honor recognizes a player’s integrity and service off the field rather than their performance on it.

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Good player, best person

We know what Carter has been doing on the field so far. He has 2½ tackles per loss, 1½ sacks, has been a disruptive force all season, and caught a fumble Saturday night and returned it for a touchdown. But what did he do off the field to get that kind of recognition?

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Since coming to Duke from Pickerington, Ohio, he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helped local school children with reading initiative goals, served as a member of the student-athletes group that is responsible for providing feedback to the NCAA on various rules, has been a mentor to freshman student-athletes to help them acclimate to the college lifestyle, has served on Duke’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and has been involved with the school’s United Black Athletes organization. Oh, another thing, he also volunteers as a youth baseball coach.

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He excels in the classroom as well. Carter currently holds a 3.48 GPA with a major in psychology and a major in education. He should graduate in May of next year. Fortunately, he’ll get the chance to make an NFL roster, but if that doesn’t pan out, he plans on a career in education.

The next time you watch the Blue Devils and see that big human wearing the number ninety blasting a play, keep in mind that there’s a lot more to Dewayne Carter than we see on the field.

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