Former Texas Tech starting QB McLane Carter headed to Rutgers

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McLane Carter began the 2018 season as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. He will spend the 2019 campaign at Rutgers. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
McLane Carter began the 2018 season as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. He will spend the 2019 campaign at Rutgers. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

Rutgers received a much-needed boost to its quarterback room on Sunday.

McLane Carter, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, announced Sunday night that he will finish out his career with the Scarlet Knights. Carter, who began the 2018 season as the starting quarterback for TTU, has one season of eligibility remaining.

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Carter, a lefty, won the starting job out of preseason camp for the Red Raiders — then coached by Kliff Kingsbury. However, he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1, creating an opening for freshman Alan Bowman to grab hold of the top spot. When Carter returned to health, he stayed in a backup role behind both Bowman and Jett Duffey.

Carter did start the season finale against Baylor and completed 21-of-37 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a loss. However, when it became clear coming out of spring practice that he would not have much of a chance to start in 2019 under new coach Matt Wells, he entered his name into the transfer portal. Carter missed a chunk of spring ball after having ankle surgery.

Overall, Carter, who began his career at a junior college, threw for 677 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games over two seasons at TTU.

At Rutgers, Carter’s main competition for the starting job will be sophomore Artur Sitkowski. Sitkowski flipped from Miami to Rutgers and became RU’s starting quarterback as a true freshman. Sitkowski struggled mightily along with the rest of the Rutgers offense. In 11 starts, he threw for 1,158 yards, four touchdowns and 18 interceptions while completing just 49.1 percent of his passes.

Beyond Sitkowski (and now Carter), Rutgers has redshirt freshman Johnny Langan and true freshman Cole Snyder on scholarship at quarterback. Langan, a Boston College transfer, is seeking an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA.

Rutgers went just 1-11 in 2018 and is 7-29 (3-24 Big Ten) in three seasons under Chris Ash.

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