October 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa--Kyle Carter is called an ‘F’ tight end, but he looked more like an ‘A-plus’ tight end in the first half at Iowa.
Carter caught six passes for 85 yards to lead Penn State receivers Saturday. More and more, he’s starting to look less and less like a true tight end and more like a wide receiver.
Allen Robinson said he’s so dangerous because he can create mismatches with any defensive position.
“He’s really able to give defenses a different look,” Robinson said. “It’s hard to put a linebacker on him because, like you said, he’s such a good receiver. It’s hard to put a corner on him, too, because he’s big. He’s definitely someone who’s going to give defenses fits.”
Carter showed off his versatility in the first quarter, when he caught a 34-yard pass from Matt McGloin off his defender’s helmet in something that resembled David Tyree trademark Super Bowl grab in 2007.
“That was a great play. It was a conversion-type play and he converted it properly, and he just went up,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s got really great hands. He’s an athletic guy. He was a basketball player in high school. Very athletic guy. Bright guy. Instinctive. Made a real nice play on that to keep the drive alive.”
Robinson added that Carter’s hands are probably the facet of his game that give defenders the most grief. He’s been McGloin’s second-favorite target after Robinson in 2012.
Matt Lehman and Garry Gilliam seem more like Penn State’s traditional tight ends, catching short to middle range passes for necessary yardage. With Carter, McGloin looks more comfortable taking risks anywhere on the field.
“When our offense is clicking, it’s just great,” Carter said. “Everyone is in the right spots it seems.
“I just feel like no one can stop us when we’re clicking.”