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Beyond X's and O's with Zachary Carter, Florida DL


What sports did you play in high school?

  • “I played football and basketball; I was actually pretty good at basketball too. I played at the 4.”

Who is your role model?

  • “My brother is definitely my role model. He is four years older than me so I’ve always looked up to him. When my parents were gone he was always there.”

Who is the best player you have ever played with?

  • “I would have to say Kadarius Toney.”

What is your favorite college football memory?

  • “I’d definitely say going to the SEC Championship. I think that’s a big deal. We didn’t win, but just the opportunity of going was a really fun experience.”

Can you tell me a little bit about your decision to stay for your senior year?

  • “I felt like I had something to prove. I had a lot of unfinished business because last year with my first year really starting at Florida, I felt like if I came back another year, it could help me improve my draft stock and get more exposure.”

What are you most looking forward to the rest of the season?

  • “I am really looking forward to playing Georgia next weekend. It is always a big game for us so I want to be able to get that win.”

Who is a QB in the NFL you want to sack?

  • “Lamar Jackson because I know he is so hard to get. If I got him down, that would be a good feeling.”

Is there an NFL player that you try to model your game after?

  • “There isn’t really one person I try to model my game after, but I do take different pieces from different guys­­­­­­­­. I watch a lot of different guys and try to add what I can to my game because every player is different. I watch a lot of Aaron Donald, JJ Watt, Maxx Crosby, different guys like that.”

What do you look for when watching tape on the opposing team?

  • “I am looking for tendencies. I look for what kind of stance the offensive linemen are in to see if it’s a run or pass, or where his foot is pointing - mostly just stuff like that.”

Is there an area in your game you want to improve on the rest of this season?

  • “I’d have to say playing the run better from a three technique alignment.”

Your top four schools to pick from out of high school were Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. Why did you choose Florida?

  • “I chose Florida because I’m a Florida boy. I’m from Florida and I grew up watching them. I kind of always wanted to be a part of that – it was so nice to get that offer. It was really an easy decision for me because everything else lined up. When I took my visit, I knew it was the best academic and athletic opportunity for me. It wasn’t too far from home, but it also wasn’t too close, so it was the perfect fit.”

Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Greenard from your same position group came to the Senior Bowl a couple of years ago. Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with them?

  • “They made a big impact on me. I learned a lot from those guys.”

What makes the experience playing in the Swamp so special?

  • “I feel like there is nothing else like the Swamp. It is the best environment in college football, it gets real loud. There are only a few stadiums that are bigger than the Swamp, but I think the Swamp is the loudest because it is like a bowl. Our game day environment is great, especially for big games. I love everything about the Swamp. Playing Alabama this year was probably my favorite game playing in there. The crowd was amazing and it was just a great environment the whole game.”

You’re stuck on a deserted island with three teammates – who are they?

  • “I would probably say Malik Davis, Gervon Dexter and Daquan Newkirk because they are all funny guys so if I got stuck, I won’t be panicked. They would make it easy.”