Silver Bluff High School football coach Al Lown has high expectations for two-way starter Joseph Trammell Carter this season.
"If he works hard, he could be really good," Lown said.
Although he's a senior, Carter is in only his second year of playing football for Silver Bluff. After playing in middle school, he gave up the sport for two years.
"I was working on my grades and trying to better myself," said the 6-foot-4 tight end and defensive end.
Carter said he thinks the Bulldogs, who won 10 games last year but were bounced early in the Class AA state playoffs, can have another championship year. Silver Bluff opens the season Aug. 24 at Denmark-Olar High School.
"I want to go to the state championship and be 5-0 in the region," he said.
Carter said he has been putting in some extra hours on the practice field during the summer to get ready for the season.
Football isn't the only sport for Carter. After the gridiron season, he will play center for the basketball team. In the spring, he will grab a bat and glove and join the Bulldogs' baseball team.
He plays "wherever the coach needs me," Carter said of his role on the baseball team. If he had his choice, he would stay on the pitching mound.
"I like the feeling when I'm pitching and I strike out someone and the crowd goes wild," he said.
Carter started playing baseball at the tee-ball level when he was in preschool.
"It was my best sport till last year," when he started to develop as a football player, he said.
Carter said playing sports year-round keeps him top physical shape.
"I don't have to worry about getting big," he said.
Carter hopes to attend Clemson or the University of South Carolina, and playing football at either school would be his ultimate dream.
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