Tight End
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
High School: Archbishop Rummel
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice


Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, 2015, 2016; Coaches, 2016)
» Nebraska Most Improved Player (2015)
» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» True Freshman All-American (247Sports, 2013)

Tight end Cethan Carter was a fixture in the Nebraska offense for four seasons. The 6-4, 240-pound Carter provided an athletic and rangy target in the passing game. Carter battled injuries in his final season with the Huskers, but was once again one of the Big Ten's top tight ends.

Carter finished his Nebraska career with 59 receptions to rank fifth all-time among Nebraska tight ends. Carter also made great strides in his blocking throughout his time in a Nebraska uniform and became a powerful perimeter blocker in his final two seasons. 

2016 (Senior)
Carter played in 10 games with 10 starts during his senior season. He missed three full games and most of a fourth at midseason with an elbow injury. Carter had 19 receptions for 190 yards and a touchdown as a senior. He also had three rushes for 34 yards. Carter was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection by both the league media and coaches for his efforts in 2016. 

Carter had two receptions for 20 yards against Wyoming, then grabbed a career-high five passes for 48 yards in a victory over Oregon. He had his lone receving touchdown of the year a week later at Northwestern, and also had a 27-yard catch and a 16-yard run against the Wildcats. After being injured against Illinois, Carter returned for the final five games of the season. He had three catches against Minnesota and added a pair of catches against Ohio State and Tennessee. He had two catches for 34 yards and a nine-yard run against the Vols in the Music City Bowl. 

2015 (Junior)
Carter started each of the final 11 games, finishing with 24 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns. He had seven games with multiple receptions, including five of the season’s final six games.

Carter sat out the first two games and returned with single catches against Miami and Southern Miss. He had three receptions at Illinois, including a career-long 55-yard reception. He added three catches against Wisconsin and had a 10-yard TD catch in an impressive offensive showing at Minnesota.

Carter caught three passes for 45 yards at Purdue before finishing the season on a strong note. At Rutgers, Carter tied his career high with four receptions for 57 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown. He also had a 32-yard touchdown run on a reverse, marking the only rushing touchdown by a tight end in NU history.  He tied his career high with four catches for a career-high 76 yards against Iowa with three catches of at least 20 yards. He closed the year with two catches against UCLA and helped seal the NU win with a 16-yard run.

2014 (Sophomore)
Carter played in nine games with eight starts, missing four games at midseason with a foot injury. Carter returned for the final four games and finished with six catches for 98 yards and a touchdown.

He made four of his six receptions in the final two games, with two catches for a career-high 48 yards at Iowa, highlighted by a career-long 34-yard grab to set up a touchdown. Carter also had a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a game-tying drive. Carter added two receptions for 25 yards in the Holiday Bowl. Carter had his first career touchdown on a 20-yard catch at Fresno State.

2013 (Freshman)
Carter was one of seven true freshmen to play in 2013, seeing action in all 13 games with six starts. He had 10 catches for 127 yards, and caught two passes three times. He had a season-high 43 yards against South Dakota State, highlighted by a season-long 26-yard catch. He caught five of his 10 passes in the final four games, including a 23-yard catch against Georgia.

Before Nebraska (Archbishop Rummel HS)
Carter had a standout career for Coach Jay Roth at Rummel High School in Metairie, La. Carter was a versatile performer, lining up as a tight end, H-Back and fullback in the Raiders’ run-based offense. He finished 2012 with 23 receptions for 418 yards and five touchdowns.

His play helped Rummel to a perfect 14-0 record and the Louisiana Class 5A state championship. Carter shined in the state title game, catching five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in a 35-14 victory over Barbe High. For his efforts as a senior, Carter was an all-district choice and a honorable-mention all-state selection.

Carter started and was used in a variety of roles for Rummel as a junior. Carter chose Nebraska over offers from LSU, Miami, Memphis, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida International. He was ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the state of Louisiana by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Carter was also one of the top players for the Rummel basketball team, leading the Raiders to a 21-11 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals as a senior.

The son of Shelly Carter, Cethan was born on Sept. 5, 1993. He was a criminology and criminal justice major. He has volunteered his time with outreach events at local community centers and hospitals.

Carter's Career Statistics









2013 13/6 10 127 12.7 9.8 26 vs. SDSU
2014 9/8 6 98 16.3 10.9 34 at Iowa 1




329 13.7


55 at Illinois





190 10.0


33 vs. Tennessee





744 13.9


55 at Illinois


Rushing -- 5 carries, 82 yards; 2-48-32-yard TD at Rutgers in 2015; 3 carries, 34 yards in 2016 

Single-Game Highs 
» Receptions – 5 vs. Oregon (2016)
» Receiving Yards – 76 vs. Iowa (2015)
» Touchdowns – 1, five times

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