UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs has been coaching for 32 years. He’s been the Aggie head coach for 17 of those years. He has seen a lot of wide receivers come and go during his tenure.
So, if he says you’re the best he’s ever seen, then you are the best he’s ever seen.
“He’s the best,” Biggs said. “When you combine his work ethic and his character with his natural ability, he’s the best.”
Carter, who was already a top-notch receiver coming into the season, left no room for doubt with his performance on the year.
In just the second game of the season, he had 18 receptions for 190 yards making him the UC Davis record holder for catches in a single contest. He broke the previous record of 15 held by Tony Kays.
Carter’s assault on the record books didn’t stop there. It soon became clear that he would be challenging Kays for the all-time UC Davis receptions record.
Heading into the Causeway Classic, he needed just four catches to break the record. He got nine.
Having played with Kays before he graduated, Carter couldn’t escape the comparisons.
“Tony was a great player in his own right,” Biggs said, “but Chris’ quickness and his ability to make people miss is probably the difference between the two.”
Carter finished the season with a team-high 85 catches for 889 yards. He also scored four touchdowns on the season.
The 85 receptions tied him for tops in the Great West Conference, earning him first-team recognition and conference Offensive Player of the Year. Carter leaves the team having caught 213 passes during his career.
The California Aggie now names Carter its Fall 2009’s Male Athlete of the Quarter.
RICHARD PROCTER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.