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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hazell: Carter taking it "day by day"

From The Columbus Dispatch

 

Just spoke with Darrell Hazell, OSU receivers coach, about Duron Carter leaving for junior college this fall.

He said he has spoken to Carter often in recent weeks, but they did not spend much time talking about whether Carter will return to OSU.

"We talked about him doing what he needs to do on a daily basis," Hazell. "And then we'll figure it out from there."

Hazell said he felt Carter's major problem was consistency, and he wasn't talking about on the field, he meant in the classroom.

"He needs to work on `day by day,'" Hazell said. "Today is the most important day for him."

Carter is at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He must spend at least the fall semester there before possibly returning to OSU in January.

But indications are that this is not a cut-and-dried situation. Carter has frustrated the OSU staff with his struggles to consistently go to class and stay on top of his academics, even after he was declared ineligible for the Rose Bowl.

If Carter does not show significant signs that he "gets it" at Coffeyville, it's possible OSU may not welcome him back.

But as Hazell said, that's a subject for another day.

Meanwhile, the coach is not worried about replacing Carter on the field this fall. Taurian Washington, Chris Fields, Grant Schwartz and James Jackson are returning at the position, and three freshmen receivers are on campus now for summer workouts: Corey Brown, Tyrone Williams and James Louis.

"We've got guys," Hazell said. "We'll have four or five guys by the Marshall game (the Sept. 2 opener) that are pretty good, I think."


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