August 14, 2007

Carter's focus: Best he can be

MADISON, Wis. - During Media Day last week, caught up with Shane Carter, who is currently slotted in as the Badgers' starting free safety. The sophomore rejoins the playing group after taking a redshirt year last season to recover from a shoulder injury.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder is excited to be back, earning the respect of his coaches by displaying uncanny playmaking ability during the Badgers' first week of practice.

The following is this site's conversation with Carter.

Obviously having a starting spot at free safety, what is the mentality you brought into fall camp?

I just want to try to be the best I can. Really, I don't feel like I have a starting spot. We have four great safeties, so everybody is competing. But I try to do the best I can on the field and try to make plays.

What did you work on in the off-season to better yourself?

Well, I mean the fact coming into the season healthy was the best thing. I was able to work harder in the weight room, able to get stronger, bigger and faster, so I mean that was probably the best thing. I really just pushed myself the best that I could with Coach (John) Dettmann in the weight room.

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