Number: #21 | Hometown: East Chicago, IL | Height: 5100 | Weight: 201 | Forty: 4.50E | Projection: Day Three/UDFA | Class: 2018 Supplemental Draft
This running back is a pure blender, mixing speed and power, to go along with quickness and finesse. His elusiveness in the open field allows him to make defenders miss. He doesn’t go down on first contact and battles for extra yards, in addition to possessing a strong stiff arm. He has been timed at top-speed of 22mph in-game, according to his head coach Matt Mitchell, who implements the use of Catapult technology during games and practices. He also has some experience as a kick returner during his freshman season and possesses a mindset that it’s a privilege to play on special teams.
The glaring knock on this player will be quality of competition and adjusting to the speed at the next level. He has been working out with a personal trainer and staying sharp since deciding to turn pro. Areas of his game he has been working on include maintaining his explosiveness and increasing his burst. He has shown capable hands catching the ball out of the backfield but wasn’t a big part of the passing attack and never exceeded100 yards receiving in a single season, so he can certainly improve in that area as well.
Missed two games in 2017 due to injury. Showed his toughness in 2016, playing through a knee injury in October, which required an injection in January and caused him to miss the 2017 Spring Game.
Finished as the Lakers all-time leading rusher in just three seasons with 3,728 yards and 36 touchdowns on 513 attempts for his career. He also holds the school’s single-season rushing record (1,908).
Son of Betty Carter; full first name is Marteyveous and he also has two children, Marteyveous Jr. and Mar’ree. Was raised in a tough Chicago neighborhood, where he began playing football at the age of six. Is a fan of R&B hip-hop and lists Brian McKnight as one of his favorite artists. He also likes to listen to current artists such as G Herbo and Lil Uzi Vert. Enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games during his spare time.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“I feel like I have an opportunity to perform at the next level, all it takes is a little adjustment. Going to college was an adjustment, and I’m an adjustable player, so I feel like I can adjust. There might be some adversity but I’ll get through it.” – Marty Carter on his transition to the NFL
His eye-popping numbers during his sophomore season garnered the attention of NFL scouts, as he had four games of 200-plus rushing yards, including a 298 rushing yard performance against Northern Michigan on just 20 carries. He has had some of his best performances on the biggest stage, especially come playoff time. He participated in the Lakers spring game on April 18th but declared himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft after falling short of credits for class. His powerful running style and lower leg strength will remind of you of James White. With his vision, instincts and acceleration, he’s expected to earn a look by NFL teams and will have an opportunity to compete for a 53-man roster spot.
2017: Played nine games, gaining 957 rushing yards on 122 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and nine touchdowns. Also added 16 receptions for 84 yards. Had 11 carries for 218 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Wayne State.
2016: Named D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-American, leading the nation in rushing yards with 1,908 on 256 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and rushing for 20 touchdowns, while hauling in 12 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in 13 games. Set GVSU single-game rushing record with 298 yards on 20 carries vs. Northern Michigan (9/17). Rushed for 101 yards and one TD on 18 carries vs. Ferris State in NCAA Playoffs. Also picked up Associated Press First-Team All-American, CCA First-Team All-American, GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year honors.
2015: Carried the ball 135 times for 889 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and totaling seven touchdowns in 14 games. Caught seven passes for 39 yards. Tallied a GVSU playoff record and a season-high 231 yards and a TD on 26 carries and completed a 22 yard touchdown pass vs. CSU-Pueblo (12/5). Toted the ball 21 times for 75 yards vs. Shepherd in NCAA semifinals 12/12).
Earned all-state honors on both offense and defense. Finished second in school history with 3,467 career rushing yards, including 1,164 yards as a senior. He also set E.C.’s career scoring mark with 53 touchdowns. On defense, he set E.C.’s career tackle record with 505, including 158 as a senior. Played for Stacy Adams.
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