Sep 22, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; General view of a Rice Owls helmet on the sidelines against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first quarter at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Rice’s 4'9 walk-on running back Jayson Carter gets first NCAA carry (Video)


You may have never heard of Jayson Carter before, but I have a feeling before the weekend is over you’ll know the name real well.

The walk-on running back for Rice received his first collegiate carry this afternoon in Rice’s blowout win over UTEP, a moment that he’ll obviously cherish for the rest of his life.

Carter was born with a genetic disorder that stunted his growth, both in weight and height as Carter’s only listed at 4’9, 135lb’s in Rice’s program.

He joined Rice University back in 2011, though, has never appeared in a game as he’s been on the scout team for his entire college career.

Rice head coach David Bailiff has long expressed a desire to get Carter into a game, a moment that came today when the running back rushed to his right for a one-yard gain.

Carter seemed pretty pleased with his effort:

On second-and-8 from the UTEP 41 with about six minutes to play, Carter carried on what was supposed to be an inside zone run. Carter didn’t find any running room, so he ran to the outside for a 1-yard gain.

“I did what I was supposed to … I didn’t get negative yards,” Carter said.

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