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Cardinal Capsule
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/27/2000

Oct. 27, 2000

Kerry Carter
Sport:Football
Year: Sophomore
Position:Running Back
Height:6-2
Weight: 235
Hometown: Vaughn, Ontario (Canada)
High School: Father Henry Carr HS
Major:Undeclared
Stanford Athletics Highlights: Leads Stanford with 468 yards rushing and four touchdowns this season ... Had all four of his touchdowns in a 32-30 win over USC (10/21/00) to tie a single-game Stanford record for rushing touchdowns, while also rushing for a career-high 123 yards on 20 carries ... The four rushing touchdowns were also the most by any Pac-10 player this season, while the 100-yard rushing game was the first of his career ... Averaging 66.9 yards rushing per game (#7 Pac-10) and 4.3 points per contest (tied for #7 in Pac-10 among non-kickers) ... Caught an 84-yard touchdown pass, the fifth-longest in Stanford football history, at Washington State (9/2/00) ... Led the Cardinal in rushing touchdowns in 1999 with six, while gaining 330 yards on 87 carries ... Scored Stanford's only touchdown in the 2000 Rose Bowl versus Wisconsin (1/1/00) on a one-yard second quarter run that gave the Cardinal a 9-3 lead.

NICKNAME
We have so many nicknames on the team. I don't think I really have one nickname. People call me a lot of different things, weird things. They call me K-Dot or the Nigerian Nightmare, although I'm not even Nigerian. They just look for things that relate.

FAVORITE FOOD
Lasagna. I've made it before, but I wouldn't say mine is the best. My mom makes it from scratch and it's really good.

FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST
Jay-Z.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM
I've always been a Denver Broncos fan.

FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT
My house right now, because Chris Lewis and I have put so much time and money into it. We never leave.

BEST BOOK YOU HAVE READ
I like the books "Beloved" by Toni Morrison and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving (made into the movie "Simon Birch").

FAVORITE CLASS
I'm taking a medical anthropology class right now that's really interesting taught by Clifford Barnett. I also like French.

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
I'm not a big video game fan. I'd probably just play Tetris on the GameBoy. A lot of the guys on the team are crazy about video games.

FAVORITE MOVIE
Matrix. I'm really into the sci-fi stuff and that was just a really interesting movie for me. Not just the movie itself, but the graphics and the whole idea behind it - the chosen one and all that.

FAVORITE TV SHOW
Seinfield. I was a die-hard Seinfeld fan.

FAVORITE ATHLETE
I like Bo Jackson because he was such a great all-around athlete and Eric Dickerson was one of my favorite running backs of all-time - and Eddie George right now.

FAVORITE NON-FOOTBALL ACTIVITY
Listening to music. I write a lot of poetry as well. I haven't written as much this year but in the past (I have).

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU
Passionate. Everything I do, I try to put a lot into it. Whether it be on the field or in the classroom, in life and in love.

IF YOU WERE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE CD, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU TAKE?
Right now, I'd probably take Black Rob. He's a rap artist. I always listen to his songs before a game anyway. There's one song I like listening to right before the game. It's called "I Dare You" - like I dare you to tackle me and all that stuff.

BEST VACATION OR TRIP YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN
Cancun last spring break (with other members of the Stanford football team). Coy (Wire) probably said that too. It was a lot of fun.

OPPONENT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO BEAT
Probably Washington because I didn't get to play against them last year. I had one play, and I got hurt. I'm really anxious to get out there against them, because I was mad (after I got hurt last year). I had a really good feeling about the game. The way they play defense is kind of a good team for me to play against. They play kind of similar to USC.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE BEFORE A GAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY GAMEDAY SUPERSTITIONS?
I think I just try to visualize myself making great big plays - starting the night before (the game), before I go to bed. Saying a lot of prayers. Not just the night before, but I always pray either before we walk or before we go out on the field for pre-game. I also listen to that song ("I Dare You" by Black Rob) before every game usually in the locker room on a DiscMan.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANOTHER SPORT AT STANFORD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Probably basketball. It's something I grew up playing until my sophomore year when I fractured my ankle, and I decided I would stick with football because I never really got hurt playing football. I always hurt my ankles or something playing basketball.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT STANFORD
The friends you make. You get the feeling that these guys you're with so much are going to be your friends for life. Not just because you play football, but because they're similar to yourself.

BEST PART ABOUT YOUR GAME
My versatility - being able to run, block and catch the ball out of the backfield. It's something I would like to do more.

WHAT IS THE BEST SPORTING EVENT YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED AS A SPECTATOR?
Actually, when I was getting recruited I went to (the) Ohio State-Michigan (football game) when Ohio State finally beat them. That was a lot of fun. It was packed. It was really emotional and just seeing how things got after the game that whole night. People celebrated until six in the morning.

SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT
I'd actually like to go to France. Growing up in Canada, you hear a lot about it (with) French being the second language. I'm taking French right now, so I'd like to be able to use it. If I could find the time somehow, I would probably go there.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Alliyah. I've liked her a lot since the first time I saw her. I met her once in Toronto a couple of years ago and she was really cool.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully, I'll have a long (and) illustrious career in the NFL. If things don't work out (in the NFL), just having a great family - a wife, couple of kids (and) being able to provide for them in every way, being able to give my kids anything they want growing up. I know my mom worked really hard with me growing up, and I just want to be able to give someone else that same kind of love and affection that she showed me.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR ATHLETIC CAREER TO THIS POINT?
I could say last week (scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 123 yards in a 32-30 win over USC). That was definitely a big step for me being my first 100-yard game and four touchdowns. I haven't scored that many since high school. The Rose Bowl last year - just that whole experience.

MOST INFLUENTAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
My mom, definitely - being a single parent and raising three boys, knowing how hard it is for her. She's never complained once. She's always been there for us. She is very supportive.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND STANFORD?
My mom, a lot of things. Also, coming and seeing that a lot of the other athletes and football players were just like I was. They had high expectations of themselves both in and out of the classroom. They had the same goals (I did). They still wanted to be the best football player, go to the NFL, they all had that goal, but yet they still wanted to come here and get a great education and graduate - have something to fall back on if football didn't work out. Some of the other places (I visited while being recruited), just asking the players why they came, most of them just said I want to go the league (the NFL) or something, or coach said I would be starting my freshman year. I don't remember hearing anywhere that I wanted to graduate, that I wanted to get a great job afterwards or anything like that.

WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW?

I have a tongue ring and a tattoo. I've been in a movie. I was an extra in "Good Will Hunting". A lot of the guys on the team know that now because they saw it. They joke about it. I don't know who saw it first, but they came to me and they weren't sure if it was me or not.

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE STANFORD?
I'd like to be remembered as a great person - not just a great player but a great individual, someone that was kind and caring, and cared a lot about this school, friends and wanting to make something of himself.

FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL
Captain Crunch.

COKE OR PEPSI?
I don't really like either of those. I drink a lot of ice-tea.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGSTERS WHO WANT TO PLAY COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL?
To work hard at it and trust that your skills will get you there. Your hard work and determination will help out a lot. A lot of people with a lot of talent don't make it, but if you persevere and keep on believing in yourself and the people around you, surrounding yourself with good people will help you out and help you get where you want to go.

EARLIEST FOOTBALL MEMORY
The first actual game I played was Pop Warner. I was playing defensive back and on the first play I got beat for a touchdown. In practice, I thought I was always really good. It just kind of opened my eyes since the guy was so much faster than me. Then, on the next play, they tried the same thing and I got an interception.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LIKE
Volleyball. I played volleyball all throughout elementary school and high school. I played for my Province in high school as well. I had to stop playing because it coincided with football. I had to make a choice because football took up so much time.

FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL
Whatever we have at the hotel. I don't eat much before a game. If it's an early game, I like oatmeal and fruit - nothing too big.

PAPER OR PLASTIC?
Paper.

HOW DID YOU SPEND LAST SUMMER?
I worked at an elementary school in East Palo Alto. I worked with the program called "A Center for a New Generation". I was a mentor and a TA with a couple of the guys on the team. It was my second year working there and just going there and having the kids call you Mr. Carter all day. Seeing how much they appreciate having someone there, someone positive as their role model. It really helps you putting things in perspective - knowing how much difference you can make as a student-athlete, someone that they look up to, knowing that when you were that age, you looked up to them as well.


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