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4-foot-9 running back Jayson Carter has first collegiate carry

Graham Watson
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Sometimes blowouts provide special opportunities, and that was the case for Rice running back Jayson Carter.

Carter, a walk-on, is 4-foot-9, weighs just 135 pounds and has spent the past three seasons on the scout team. But during a 45-7 victory against UTEP, Carter got his first collegiate carry – a 1-yard run off the right tackle.

"I did what I was supposed to … I didn't get negative yards," Carter told the Houston Chronicle.

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Carter was born with a genetic disorder that hinders his growth, but that didn’t quell his love of football. He played in high school and his dream was to play on the collegiate level.

After a long wait, that dream finally came true.

“That young man is here ever day busting his tail on the scout team,” Rice coach David Bailiff said after the game. “He deserves it. I’m thrilled we got Jayson into a Division I football game.”

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