The biggest story in Rice's 45--7 win over UTEP last Saturday came from the smallest player. Standing 4'9" and weighing 135 pounds, Owls sophomore running back Jayson Carter got his first career carry. Born with a genetic disorder that stunted his growth, Carter rushed for 1,233 yards at KIPP High in Houston. He went to Rice to study computer science, but shortly after arriving on campus he got the itch to play more football. So he walked on. "That young man is here every day busting his tail on the scout team. He deserves it," Rice coach David Bailiff told the Houston Chronicle.
If Carter needed any proof that his teammates view him as just one of the guys, he got it as he returned to the sideline after his fourth-quarter run—on which he saw his hole clogged and bounced outside to pick up a yard. Said Carter, "They asked me why I didn't score."
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