Wide receiver Brandon Carter's career at TCU appears to be over. The senior was arrested in April for possession of marijuana, but it's academics that are keeping him off the field.
According to TCU head coach Gary Patterson, Carter "will not make it" this season due to poor grades, and the coach believes that it's time for the wide receiver and TCU to part ways.
"He has a redshirt year and I think the best thing for him is to get a new start," Patterson said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, when asked if Carter would be invited back to the team when eligible. "It's setting a precedent - you have to go to school."
The charges from Carter's April arrest were later dropped due to insufficient evidence, but immaturity questions have followed him since high school. Carter sat out spring practices in April due to academics and it is not yet known if he will attempt to transfer to a lower level of college football or sit out the 2014 season.
Rated as the No. 25 senior wide receiver prospect by NFLDraftScout.com entering the 2014 season, Carter was considered a possible mid-round draft pick by several NFL evaluators. He was a four-star recruit out of Euless, Texas and originally committed to Oklahoma, but shocked many when he switched to TCU. Carter has recorded 90 catches in his three seasons with the Horned Frogs, flashing exciting talent with the ball in his hands.
Carter did most of his damage out of the slot, using the middle of the field as his playground to catch-and-create with elusive feet and smooth acceleration to quickly get up to full speed and race to the end zone. At 5-feet-11 and 186 pounds, he doesn't have the ideal body type for the NFL level, but his 4.46-second speed in the 40-yard dash and big-play potential are what will earn him a shot in the NFL.
Dane Brugler is an analyst for www.NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.