Before the 2004 season, I said to a couple friends of mine that LSU’s Xavier Carter was a bust as a wide receiver and that he was far more talented in track than in football.
As it turns out, he left the Tiger football team recently after grabbing just nine catches in two seasons (he was the No. 2-rated receiver coming out of high school).
I knew he was a special talent in track after seeing him win the 100 meters, the 400 meters and lead LSU to two relay victories at the recent NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacremento.
I had no idea that he’d be this special this quick though, as he just blazed to a time of 19.63 seconds in the 200 meters in a race in Geneva, Switzerland.
That time is the second fastest in the history of track and field. Only Michael Johnson’s 19.32 is faster.
He may not have been able to blow up as a receiver, but he is blowing up big-time in track.
He’ll be wearing some pretty gold medallions in a couple years.