You know the drill. 57 days until kickoff so we're highlighting a vacant jersey number by inserting an incoming frosh at #57—Julian Carter
#57, Julian Carter, True Freshman, WR
Weight: 190 lbs
High School: Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, AZ
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Carter was a 3-star rated recruit and the #9 rated player in the state of Arizona before he helped his Saguaro squad to a Division III state championship, and he capped off his senior campaign with an all-section selection after 626 receiving yards and 7 TDs. As a junior, Carter played for Phoenix Horizon High School, but still put up very similar numbers: 701 receiving yards and 7 TDs, and his first all-section selection. Even though Carter's recruitment didn't really take off until he transferred to powerhouse Saguaro, he still managed to haul in scholarship offers from a host of schools—aside from the Broncos—among them: Colorado State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, UNM, New Mexico State, South Dakota State, and UC-Davis.
In case you hadn't guessed—I have kids.
Fiesta Bowl ladder, Jerard Rabb
Back-to-back all-section selections in 2014 and 2015. Member of school honor roll.
With the record-breaking Thomas Sperbeck returning and freshman of the year Brett Rypien returning...there's a lot to be optimistic about with the Bronco passing game. That said...the WR group is a unit that still hasn't lived up to its potential and needs an infusion of new blood to really reach it. The Broncos lost the ever-so-versatile Shane Williams-Rhodes to graduation and dropped far too many balls last season for 2016 to be considered a slam dunk passing attack. The pieces are there, but the Broncos need new faces to emerge. Julian Carter could be one of those faces, as he and fellow frosh Bubba Ogbebor fulfill one huge area of need on the WR unit: size. The Broncos addressed their vertically-challenged WR dilemma quite well in the offseason, adding Cedrick Wilson and signing Carter—who're both listed at 6'3", and Ogbebor, who I've seen listed anywhere from 6'0" to 6'2".
Of course, the Broncos have a host of lanky TEs that can also present matchup problems, but the taller WRs allow the Broncos to stretch the field and win more 50/50 balls...something that they did not excel at last season, despite the flashes of passing-game brilliance. Look, we've got Brett Rypien for at least a few more years, and if he continues to develop like he's expected to, the Broncos could have an extremely dangerous passing game...they just need to find more go-to playmakers to supplement the route-running and hands of Sperbeck and the deep threat of Chaz Anderson. And seeing as both the aforementioned are seniors—it'd be nice to find it quickly. Carter appears to have the size and skill set to contribute immediately, and may do just that. I'd say either he or Ogbebor will play some this season, but probably not both. I'm eager to see this particular position battle come fall camp. Speaking of which: come, fall camp!
Is he on Twitter?
I can't wait to put on that blue and orange— Juls (@Juls7Carter) April 22, 2016
Yes, and he shares my taste in wardrobe.
Completely made up fact
Playing football in Arizona, players have to be mindful of both heatstroke and spontaneous combustion.