Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Chris Carter: I feel that my greatest strengths are my ability to get off the line. I am very explosive at the point of attack and I am an asset in both the pass and run aspect of defense.
Scott Porter: What has been your biggest influence throughout your college career?
Chris Carter: My brother David. He played football and we have always been there for each other. I have been playing the game since I was about 4 years old and we always compete against each other. As kids we would play football all the time together and compete. Ironically enough he and I will be entering the draft at the same time (David Carter, DT, UCLA). My parents and sisters have been major influences to me as well. I am very close to my family. We pray together before each game. They are always there and have always supported me. Also my former teammate Lonyae Miller’s dad Lonyae Sr. I have trained with him and my brother throughout all of this. His son plays for the Dallas Cowboys now. He has always taught me how to succeed in the weight room and speed training. Without him I would not be in the situation I am today.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Chris Carter: I want to have a very long NFL career. A long career that is productive and I want to be valueable to a team in multiple ways. I want to be the type of player who can change the game with my play-making ability. I don’t want to be just a situational player in the NFL. I want to be great in every aspect of football.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your great football accomplishments?
Chris Carter: I think getting to school at a Division level 1 football team is a great accomplishment. I think having an opportunity to play in the NFL would be listed as one of my greatest accomplishments. Getting invited to the NFL combine. All of the hard work that I have put into football and everything I have accomplishment from it has been great. I have been lucky to be surrounded by a great group of teammates and coaches. Fresno State was the perfect fit for me.
Scott Porter: Which NFL player reminds your of yourself and why?
Chris Carter: I would say a few. I like to compare myself to Ray Lewis. Although I have never played the middle linebacker position I feel I have his mentality and approach. His philosophy on the game inspires me. I would also say Joey Porter because we are the same type of player and play with the same intensity. Lastly, I would say Dwight Freeney. All of these guys inspire me after watching film on them. I have picked up a lot from watching them.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Chris Carter: I would say my former teammate Ryan Mathews is one of the most talented players I have ever seen and played against in practiced. As far as players from another team. I can think of two that stick out right away. The first is former Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart. He was a heck of a player in college. The other is Boise State QB Kellen Moore. He isn’t the toughest player you will find but he doesn’t have to be because he is so smart. He is a WR’s and coaches dream come true at the QB position. Kellen is so smart and knowledgeable. I can’t say enough about him. The knowledge he has for the game and the way he plays is just amazing. He is a super nice guy too and very humble. He’s just a great overall person and player.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Chris Carter: I am looking forward to the opportunity to step on the field with a lot of players I idolized growing up. It will be unreal playing at the same level of guys like Ray Lewis, Dwight Freeney etc. I can’t believe I’ll be playing with or against my idols in the NFL. It is truely an amazing thing. I am looking foward to being able to work towards fulfilling a dream I have had at a very young age. This is a dream come true. This is a very big point in my life and I cannot wait to get out there and succeed.
Scott Porter: What did being invited to the NFL combine mean to you?
Chris Carter: It’s crazy, growing up I watched the NFL combine. In High School I would watch the NFL Network and my eyes would be glued to the combine. My mom and dad always made sure to take care of the cable bill so I could watch the NFL Network and watch my idols display their talents in front of NFL scouts, and now I get that chance. It means so much to me. I use to record the combine and watch it over and over and now 8 years later here I am in the combine. WOW!
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Chris Carter?
Chris Carter: They will be getting a very dedicated player who is very passionate about what I do and how I represent myself and my team. Football is my life and I take it very serious. They are getting a guy who will go all out on every aspect to be a great player. I will study my play book that much harder, whatever it takes. I am a 24/7 type of guy. I am dedicated to the game and it has my full attention.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Chris Carter: Man, I am always in the weight room when I am not playing or practicing. I pretty much hibernate in the weight room. I watch a lot of film. I like to hang out with my brother and Lonyae Miller when I get a chance. I also play some basketball at the rec center.
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