T.J. Carter - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 90


  • position Defensive End
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 289
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Mableton, Ga.
  • High school Whitefield Academy
  • Played in 50 career games with 28 starts
  • Totaled 71 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks, five pass breakups and 10 QB hurries
  • Had a season-best 26 tackles as a senior to go along with 6.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks
  • Part of a senior class who won 32 games over the last four seasons, the most wins for UK in a four-year span since 1949-52, when Paul “Bear” Bryant coached the Cats
  • Helped UK advance to four consecutive bowl appearances and back-to-back bowl wins for the first time since the 2007 Music City Bowl and 2009 Liberty Bowl
  • On track to graduate in May of 2020 with a degree in information communication technology and a minor in criminology
2019 – Senior
  • Started in 12 of 13 games played
  • Had a season-best 26 tackles, 6.0 TFL, four quarterback hurries and two sacks
  • Totaled a career-high five tackles, a TFL and two QBH in the Belk Bowl win vs. Virginia Tech
  • Charted a career-best two QBH in the win over Arkansas
  • Missed the first half of the Miss. State game due to a targeting call in the second half against Florida
2018 – Junior
  • Played in all 13 games with four starts
  • Totaled 16 tackles, 2.5 TFL , four QBH and three pass breakups
  • Totaled two tackles, one pass breakup and one QB hurry in the win at Florida
2017 – Sophomore
  • Started in 12 of 13 games
  • Totaled 18 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 3 QBH and one PBU
  • Had a career-high four tackles, including his first career sack for a loss of 11 yards vs. Tennessee
  • Had a sack and a QBH in the win at Vanderbilt
  • Recorded two tackles in the season opener at Southern Miss, vs. EKU and at Mississippi State
2016 – Freshman
  • Saw action in 11 games
  • Recorded a career-high three tackles vs. Austin Peay
High School
  • Earned first-team All-South Region 6-A and first-team All-Cobb County honors as a senior playing defensive end and offensive tackle at Whitefield Academy
  • Four-year letter winner and three-year starter
  • Totaled 68 tackles, including 10 for loss as a senior
  • Also charted six sacks and 18 quarterback hurries
  • Was the Wolfpack’s sack leader as a sophomore and junior
  • Named Defensive Player of the Game vs. Walker after recording six tackles for loss and a sack in addition to four pancake blocks on the offensive line as a junior
  • Coached by Quinn Gray
  • Chose UK over Memphis, Samford and Wyoming
  • Born in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Son of Jacqueline and Jerald Carter
  • Major is information communication technology
T.J. Says
  • One word to describe him on the field is “intense”
  • His favorite movie is Star Wars
  • His sports heroes are LeBron James and Reggie White
  • Most people don’t know that he used to be involved in the sport of fencing
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a video game tester
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