It hasn’t been a very good season all-around for Florida’s defense, but one player has had a standout year: interior defensive lineman Zachary Carter. He bet on himself in returning to school for his redshirt senior year, and that decision turned out to be a good one.
Carter, a 6-foot-4-inch player from Tampa, has already set a career-high in sacks with six, beating out the five he had in 2020, and he also has 25 tackles (10 for loss, also a career-best) and a forced fumble on the season. That effort was enough to earn an invitation to this year’s Senior Bowl, which Carter accepted, per the official Reese’s Senior Bowl Twitter account. He’s the first Florida player to accept a Senior Bowl invite this year.
Its’ OFFICIAL!!! Welcome DL Zachary Carter (@Zachattacks_) from @GatorsFB to the 2022 @Reeses Senior Bowl!!! 🐊🐊🐊 #GoGators #BestOfTheBest #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE @JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/U2vsx3ckM6
— Reese’s Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) November 16, 2021
Carter is likely to be a Day 2 pick, and he was listed as the No. 8 defensive tackle on Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest big board. In 39 games over four years, Carter has 96 total tackles (24.5 for loss) to go with 15.5 sacks.
The Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for players to impress NFL scouts and boost their draft stock, and a strong performance from Carter in Mobile, Alabama, in January could see his standing among a talented defensive line class increase.