Although Maryland wide receiver Carlos Carriere hails from Alpharetta, Ga., his dedication to College Park, Md., a city more than 600 miles away from his hometown, is unmatched.
Now in his fifth season with the Terps, Carriere is having a career year, putting up high-water marks in every major offensive statistical category. After becoming a prime target for quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa in recent weeks, Carriere has seen his production skyrocket.
After a difficult first two seasons at Maryland, Carriere could have elected to transfer to another program that would have offered more playing time and an opportunity to show off his skills on a regular basis. Instead, the wideout elected to stick with the Terps and build on the foundation he created.
“I think this is how I was raised. I don’t really try to run from things. I knew I had to improve on things and I wanted to work on that,” Carriere said on Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 3. “Just being a part of Maryland, I see the trajectory of the program from when I first got here, and it’s something I wanted to be a part of still as it continues to grow. … I just want to see this program be successful and be a part of it.”
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Carriere redshirted during his freshman year (2017). His redshirt freshman campaign produced limited playing time on special teams. He played in just four games all season.
Carriere made an appearance in all 12 games the Terps played in 2019 and appeared in all five games in the 2020 season, making his first career start in the latter season. But he totaled just 164 yards and one touchdown during the course of 17 games between the two years.
“I’ve learned a lot from these trials and tribulations, I’ve learned a lot,” Carriere said. “It’s crazy. It’s been a crazy ride. I’m glad with where I am and just excited to keep working and grinding.”
Carriere’s preparation is now showing up on the field. He posted single-game career highs in receiving yards (134), touchdowns (two) and receptions (eight) against Indiana Oct. 30. He currently has 17 receptions for 218 yards with four touchdowns on the season for a 5-4 Terps team.
“The focus was just to be ready and be who I’m supposed to be, do my job,” Carriere said of his preparation leading up to his breakout game against Indiana. “That’s always the focus and the mindset. However things play out, that’s how they play out. I just wanted to be ready for my teammates and for the sake of the program.”
“It’s definitely humbling, it’s a blessing that the program trusts me to have the ball in my hands,” he added.
Through his toughest seasons and most difficult stretches, Carriere has remained steadfast in getting to this point. When it comes to receiving words of advice from a mentor, Carriere has spoken with a plethora of former Terps in the NFL, including one of the best defensive backs in the NFL right now.
“JC Jackson has reached out a few times. I got to [face] him as a scout team player my freshman year, he’s seen what I’m capable of,” Carriere said. “Just guys like that. Ty Johnson, Jake Funk. You know, at the end of the day we’re a family.”
Carriere looks to play a crucial role in the Terps’ push towards an all-important sixth win and bowl game appearance this season. Maryland will face No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Michigan and Rutgers to close out the season.
For more from Carriere, listen to the full interview here:
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics