Originally created 11/17/99

Carter's future: 'Up in the air right now'



ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter said Tuesday he hasn't decided whether to return to school for his junior season.

Also, Carter said he plans to resume his professional baseball career in the spring, though football will remain his primary focus.

The 22-year-old sophomore said his primary focus is the final two games of the season. The No. 21 Bulldogs (6-3) have lost two in a row, damaging their postseason prospects.

After the season, Carter will sit down with his mother, stepfather and coach Jim Donnan to discuss the future.

"That will be a family decision," Carter said. "Right now, I can't tell you what I will do. It's up in the air right now. I'll just decide after the season."

Carter threw for 2,484 yards last season, breaking Eric Zeier's school freshman record. This season, Carter has completed nearly 57 percent of his passes for 2,019 yards and 14 touchdowns, but he also has endured through some difficult moments.

Playing behind a line that includes two freshmen, Carter has twice had minor concussions. In addition, he has struggled to develop a rapport with a young receiving corps.

"I can't point a finger at anything in particular," he said. "We're just not all on the same page."

After high school, Carter dropped football for two seasons to focus on a career in the Chicago Cubs organization. He struggled at the plate, however, and returned to football in 1998 with the Bulldogs.

Carter gave up baseball this year, finding it too difficult to play both sports. However, he plans to return to the Cubs in spring training.

"I know I still want to play baseball," Carter said. "Football is my sport, no matter what. But baseball is something I love, too. I want to accomplish some things in that sport."

He plans to take part in spring training and the first three months of the season before returning to football. If he returns to Georgia, he can take enough classes during summer semester to retain his eligibility.



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