University of Minnesota Defensive Back Michael Carter

Football, studio, 08.06.12, eric miller

University of Minnesota Defensive Back Michael Carter

NFL Draft Series by PFC Blogger Shaun Brown (@shaunabrown23)

SB: Michael, thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background & also for letting us hear about what the future holds for you in the upcoming months.

SB: In what ways do you feel like the University of Minnesota’s football program has prepared you for the next level of play?

MC: I believe that they have prepared me not only to be on the field, but also in the training room. I’ve learned different offensive schemes and also various systems that are run. Another thing that I have learned is the value of maturing not only as a player but also as an individual. Sometimes you just need to man up and do everything on your own. In college, you need to wake up every day by yourself and do your own thing. You need to face every day by yourself and with your team. That is an invaluable lesson that I have learned here.

SB: In your opinion, which season has been your most successful one, either on or off the field?

MC: I feel like every season has been a successful one, but if I had to pick one it would be my senior season, in the community and also on the playing field. It’s really great to meet the kids around the Minneapolis area and get out there doing charity events. The team just goes out there and gets kids to get their minds off of things and just be active. We also let that know that over most things, the community comes first; giving back is always great!

SB: What current or past NFL defensive back do you look to mold yourself after and why?

MC: Without a doubt, Champ Bailey. His abilities are truly great. He can cover well and he’s an inspirational player. He likes things perfect and I really look up to not only his demeanor, but his overall character as well. I also look up to my cousin, Tyron Carter. I’ve been around him all of my life and he’s always shown me the steps to becoming a better player on and off the field.

SB: Michael, I appreciate the time you’ve given me. I look forward to staying in contact with you over the next few months and seeing how your progress is coming.

Michael works out three times a day. His schedule is as follows: Weights in the morning, agility in the afternoon and DB works at night.

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