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33 Ran Carthon

 


Played in 48 games over his career, starting 11 games, for 1,154 plays. Also played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...Four-year letterwinner...Signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004...

CAREER: Rushed for 1,353 career yards on 270 carries (5.0 avg) and 11 touchdowns...Had 56 career catches for 511 yards (9.1 avg) and a touchdown...Named team's "Most Improved Running Back" after 2002 spring drills...

2003: Selected to play in the Gridiron Classic...Played in 12 games, with 10 starts (all but Arkansas, FSU and Iowa), for 356 plays...Missed the Arkansas game with a pulled hamstring...Scored seven touchdowns, the second highest total on the team, including six rushing scores...Led the team with 595 rushing yards on a team-best 119 carries (5.0 avg)...Had 21 receptions for 185 yards (8.8 avg), including a 27-yarder...Led the team in attempts (SJSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Vandy, FSU, Iowa) and rushing yards (SJSU, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vandy, FSU, Iowa) in six separate games...Scored in six different games, the most among any Gator on the team...Was one of two UF backs to have over 100 carries and one of three to have totaled over 500 rushing yards...Was part of only the second trio of backs in UF history to each rush for 500 or more yards in the same season, combining with Ran Carthon and DeShawn Wynn for 1,718 rushing yards (Neal Anderson, J.L. Williams and Lorenzo Hampton each rushed for 500+ yards in 1984)...Reached the 1,000 career rushing yard mark with his 108 yard performance vs. Ole Miss...Ranked second among backs with five offensive "Big Plays"- three runs and two receptions of 20 or more yards...Had the first 100-plus yard game of his career vs. Ole Miss, finishing the day with 108 yards on 15 carries...Had a team-high 13 carries vs. FSU for 62 yards...Totaled 72 yards in the first half at No. 6 LSU before missing the second half with a hamstring injury...Scored the first receiving touchdown of his career vs. LSU, a 22-yard catch in the first quarter to tie the game...Led the team with 12 carries for a team-high 79 yards in the win over Vanderbilt...Scored the first UF touchdown of the year on a 2-yard carry in the second quarter vs. SJSU to give UF a 13-3 lead...Rushed for 67 yards on a career-high 15 carries against Miami...Scored his third touchdown of the season against Miami, a 4-yarder that put the Gators up 33-10...Named a UF game captain for the FAMU, LSU, Arkansas and South Carolina games...Played on extra point and field goal teams...

2002: Top backup at tailback behind senior Earnest Graham ...Also saw action as a kick returner...Saw action in all 13 games for 553 plays, second-highest of any UF running back...Named a UF game captain for the Vanderbilt game...Surpassed his 2001 rushing total in just four games... Surpassed his 2001 reception total in 10th game...Averaged 43.3 rushing yards per game, second-best on the UF roster but led running backs with 5.4 yards per carry...Had at least one run over 20 yards in three games, and had at least one run of 15 yards in nine games ...Saw action on 190 plays on special teams, third highest on team...Averaged 9.3 yards per carry on 56 yards rushing on only six attempts in the Outback Bowl vs. Michigan...Caught three passes for 65 yards vs. Michigan, including a 51-yard catch that helped to set up UF's first touchdown of the game...Rushed for first career touchdown vs. UAB on a two-yard run in the second quarter...Led UF in rushing with 51 yards on nine carries (5.7 ypc) against Tennessee...Had two touchdowns vs. Kentucky...Returned three kicks for 83 yards (27.7 yards per return) against Ole Miss with a season-high 39- yard return...Tied Earnest Graham with a team-high 72 rushing yards (Carthon 12 carries and Graham 20 carries) against Auburn...Had a career-best 27 yard run vs. Auburn...Set career highs for rushing yards and rushing attempts with 83 yards on 14 carries vs. Vanderbilt...

2001: Third on the depth chart at tailback, behind Earnest Graham and Robert Gillespie... Injured a shoulder during spring and missed the last half of drills after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage... Saw action in all 11 games for 156 plays and also played in the 2002 Orange Bowl ...Rushed for 162 yards on 36 carries (4.5 avg.) on the season, while also catching 13 passes for 145 yards (11.2 avg.)...62 rushing yards were third best total on squad... 13 catches were second best total for a running back...Caught four passes for 49 yards vs. Georgia...Career-high rushes (9) and yards (39), with one catch for three yards vs. Vanderbilt...Named squad's most improved running back for spring drills...

2000: Played a backup role at tailback and also played on special teams units... Played in all 12 regular season games with one start (LSU) for 89 plays...Also played in the Sugar Bowl with 10 rushes for 33 yards, two receptions for 44 yards and three kickoff returns for 61 yards... Averaged 9.2 yards every time he touched the ball... Got first career carries against Middle Tennessee, gaining 17 yards on three carries ...Caught first career pass against Kentucky for 18 yards...Ran for 12 yards on four carries against LSU in first career start...Received UF's Most Improved Running Back Award during the spring...

1999: Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at tailback...

PREP: One of the state's top running backs in 1998 who missed much of the season (seven games) due to an ankle injury...Named to PrepStar's all-region team...SuperPrep ranked him among the top 50 players in the state of Florida and among the top 10 running backs in the state despite the '98 injury...As a junior in '97 rushed for more than 1,300 yards and then gained over 500 yards in '98 despite missing seven games ...Honorable mention All-State (4A) in '98 ...Worked in the community with the Special Olympics, the Superintendents Leadership Team and also as a speaker at local middle schools...High school coach was Jerry Hughes...


Career Rushing Stats:
year no. yds avg tds long
2000 10 33 3.3 0 9
2001 36 162 4.5 0 22
2002 105 563 5.4 5 27
2003 119 595 5.0 6 48
Totals 270 1,353 5.0 11 48
Career Receiving Stats:
year no. yds avg tds long
2000 2 44 22.0 0 26
2001 13 145 11.2 0 36
2002 20 137 6.9 0 51
2003 21 185 8.8 1 51
Totals 56 511 9.1 1 51

CAREER HIGHS:
Rushing Attempts: 15 (twice, last vs. Ole Miss, 2003)
Rushing Yards: 108 (Ole Miss, 2003)
Rushing TDs: 2 (twice, last vs. SJSU, 2003)
Receptions: 4 (twice, last vs. Kentucky, 2003)
Receiving Yards: 65 (Michigan, 2003 Outback Bowl)
Receiving TDs: 1 (LSU, 2003)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Father Maurice was a standout fullback for the two-time Super Bowl champion New York Giants and is currently the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator with head coach Bill Parcells. Carthon was a fullback for Parcells during his tenure with the New York Giants and played on Super Bowl championship teams in 1986 and '92
  • Father was inducted to the Arkansas State Athletic Ring of Honor in October 2002
  • Involved in a number of community projects, including The Special Olympics
  • Wants to be a broadcaster if pro career doesn't materialize
  • Nicknames include "The Show" (because he is always putting on a performance) and "The Mayor" (because he knows everyone in Gainesville)
  • Was a member of the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma, and has a brand of the sigma on his arm Dedicated his football career to his late cousin Eric Young
  • Attended same high school as Florida baseball players Ben Harrison and John Paul Castro
  • Was born in Arkansas
  • Says the best motivational speech he has ever heard was given by Billy Donovan to the team prior to the 2001 Georgia game in Jacksonville
  • Remains friends with former Gator QB Brock Berlin and visited him in the summer of 2003 and attended a baseball game together

Ran Carthon Game-by-Game 



2003 game-by-game



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|    All 

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg   Purp Pts

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............ 13   54  2  11    1   10  0  10     64  12

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes.... 15   67  1  14    0    0  0   0     67   6

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............  7   32  1   7    0    0  0   0     32   6

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............  6   33  0  12    2   12  0   9     45   0

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............  9   43  1  15    4   47  0  27     90   6

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................ 15  108  0  48    2   28  0  18    136   0

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................  7   35  0  13    3   37  1  22     72   6

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia............. 10   35  0  14    1    9  0   9     44   0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT............. 12   79  1  34    3   21  0  11    100   6

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......  2    3  0   4    1    2  0   2      5   0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE.......... 13   62  0  14    3   16  0  16     78   0

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................ 10   44  0   7    1    3  0   3     47   0

 Totals..............................119  595  6  48   21  185  1  27    780  42



 Games played: 12

 Avg per rush: 5.0

 Avg per catch: 8.8

 All purpose avg/game: 65.0

 Total offense avg/gm: 49.6



2002 game-by-game



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |--KICK RET--|    All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg   Purp  Pts

 Aug 31, 2002 UAB BLAZERS............  7   19  1   7    2   22  0  12   0    0  0   0     41    6

 Sep 07, 2002 MIAMI HURRICANES....... 10   47  0  18    2   -4  0   1   0    0  0   0     43    0

 Sep 14, 2002 OHIO...................  7   50  1  16    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     50    6

 Sep 21, 2002 at Tennessee...........  9   51  0  16    1    3  0   3   2   28  0  19     82    0

 Sep 28, 2002 KENTUCKY...............  6   49  2  19    2   13  0   8   1   22  0  22     84   12

 Oct 05, 2002 at Ole Miss............  9   45  0  12    3   -2  0   3   3   83  0  39    126    0

 Oct 12, 2002 LSU....................  5   12  0   7    1   11  0  11   3   60  0  29     83    0

 Oct 19, 2002 AUBURN................. 12   72  0  27    1    7  0   7   0    0  0   0     79    0

 Nov 02, 2002 vs Georgia.............  9   23  0  20    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     23    0

 Nov 09, 2002 at Vanderbilt.......... 14   83  1  17    2   24  0  21   1   25  0  25    132    6

 Nov 16, 2002 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  7   44  0  20    1    0  0   0   1   34  0  34     78    0

 Nov 30, 2002 at Florida State.......  4   12  0   7    2   -2  0   0   4   76  0  28     86    0

 Jan 01, 2003 vs Michigan............  6   56  0  15    3   65  0  51   2   52  0  27    173    0 

 Totals..............................105  563  5  27   20  137  0  51  17  380  0  39   1080   30



 Games played: 13

 Avg per rush: 5.4

 Avg per catch: 6.8

 Kick ret avg: 22.4

 All purpose avg/game: 83.1

 Total offense avg/gm: 43.3



 

2001 game-by-game



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |--KICK RET--|    All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg   Purp

 Sep 01, 2001 MARSHALL...............  1    2  0   2    2   40  0  36   2   35  0  23     77

 Sep 08, 2001 LOUISIANA-MONROE.......  4   17  0  10    2   25  0  22   0    0  0   0     42

 Sep 22, 2001 at Kentucky............  7   26  0   9    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     26

 Sep 29, 2001 MISSISSIPPI STATE......  2    9  0  10    1    9  0   9   0    0  0   0     18

 Oct 06, 2001 at LSU.................  3   20  0  13    1    5  0   5   0    0  0   0     25

 Oct 13, 2001 at Auburn..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0      0

 Oct 27, 2001 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    4   49  0  16   0    0  0   0     49

 Nov 03, 2001 VANDERBILT.............  9   39  0   8    1    3  0   3   0    0  0   0     42

 Nov 10, 2001 at South Carolina......  2   25  0  22    1    7  0   7   0    0  0   0     32

 Nov 17, 2001 FLORIDA STATE..........  4    3  0   3    1    7  0   7   0    0  0   0     10

 Dec 01, 2001 TENNESSEE..............  4   21  0   8    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     21





 Totals.............................. 36  162  0  22   13  145  0  36   2   35  0  23    342



 Games played: 11

 Avg per rush: 4.5

 Avg per catch: 11.2

 Kick ret avg: 17.5

 All purpose avg/game: 31.1

 Total offense avg/gm: 14.7

                                     

2000 game-by-game



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |--KICK RET--|  All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg Purp

 Sep 02, 2000 BALL STATE.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Sep 09, 2000 MIDDLE TENNESSEE.......  3   17  0   9    0    0  0   0   1   24  0  24   41

 Sep 16, 2000 at Tennessee...........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Sep 23, 2000 KENTUCKY...............  0    0  0   0    1   18  0  18   2   37  0  22   55

 Sep 30, 2000 at Mississippi State...  0    0  0   0    1   26  0  26   0    0  0   0   26

 Oct 07, 2000 LSU....................  4   12  0   6    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   12

 Oct 14, 2000 AUBURN.................  2    0  0   2    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Oct 28, 2000 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Nov 04, 2000 at Vanderbilt..........  1    4  0   4    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    4

 Nov 11, 2000 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Nov.18, 2000 at Florida State.......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Dec 02, 2000 vs Auburn..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    0

 Totals.............................. 10   33  0   9    2   44  0  26   3   61  0  24  138



 Games played: 12

 Avg per rush: 3.3

 Avg per catch: 22.0

 Kick ret avg: 20.3

 All purpose avg/game: 11.5

 Total offense avg/gm: 2.8

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT RAN CARTHON...

"For the past four years, he's been pushing and competing and waiting and chasing, trying to catch The Guy, trying to be The Guy. Now that he finally is The Guy, the No. 1 tailback at Florida, Ran Carthon knows this is not the time to relax or feel any sense of security."
(March 29, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"It (running game) starts with Carthon, the old man of the group- and the fastest with a 4.3 time in the 40-yard dash. He showed big-time potential backing up Graham last season and now will have the opportunity to establish himself as UF's dominant back."
(March 29, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"I'm very hungry. I'm hungry to get out there and prove to the world I can play."
(March 29, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"Experience-wise, I'm ahead of everybody. I feel I'm due. I'm trying to go out there and make plays and show I'm good enough to handle the job. Every day I'm trying to make strides. Every day I'm going out there with something to prove."
(March 29, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"It feels good (lining up as the starter) after sitting (behind Graham) for four years. It feels good feeling you're special, part of something big."
(March 29, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"I've got a lot to prove. I have to prove that I can be the man. We get to come out here and compete every practice. I'm not getting complacent about anything."
(April 3, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"As a running back, you want the ball. The offensive line is one of the biggest lines in our history and they're mean, nasty and firey. We're going to be fine."
(August 11, 2002) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"Those guys (Fason, Walker, Wynn) are excellent. They're keeping me on my toes. That shows the depth we have at running back. There's not one day I can come out here and slack. Those guys are nipping at my heels trying to nip at my playing time."
(August 15, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"The coaching change really rejuvenated me. It really let me know I had to go out and work hard. They didn't know who was who and the best players were going to play. So far, I've got myself in a position to make plays. I've improved a lot. I've made myself better as a person, but even more as a football player. I see the field a lot better and I've got my size up and my speed back. But you're never a perfect player. There's always room for improvement."
(August 21, 2002) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"It always feels good when you're in a position to make plays and have your team count on you a lot more than before. I can't let the team down. I've got to make plays when I'm out there."
(August 21, 2002) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"I'm ready to step out of the shadows and show the world I can play. I felt like when I was in (last year), I made some plays, got the drive going, got the offense pumped up."
(August 30, 2002) Ran Carthon, UF Running Back

"With a strong offensive line in front of him and a real need for the running game to take some pressure off the passing game, Carthon will have a chance to be the main focus of the offense."
(March 20, 2003) CBS Sportsline

"At 6-0, 220 pounds with solid speed, Carthon brings a complete package to the table. He is also a capable receiver out of the backfield."
(March 29, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait Magazine

"Ran pushes all of us. He's a leader. We all want to be at the top where he's at. We're all going to push Ran because we know how good a back he can be. We're going to push him to get better so he can reach the next level."
(March 29, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"He's the fastest. He tries to get out of the hole as quick as he can. If he can get out, he's gone. He's a nice person off the field. He was my host, showed me the ropes."
(July 10, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"UF fans have been wondering since last year's Auburn game why this big, fast athlete didn't get more of a chance to show what he could bring to the running game. Now, everyone is going to find out."
(April 6, 2002) The Gainesville Sun, Spring Game Preview

"Ran definitely has first-round NFL talent. He's awesome."
(October 2, 2002) Earnest Graham, former UF Running Back

"Ran's an awesome back. Ran's one of the better backs I've seen. I was here when Terry Jackson and some other guys were here, and just watching Ran, he's one of the most talented guys. He's really coming along. He's really been improving this season... You've probably just seen the beginning of what he'll be able to do."
(October 17, 2002) Earnest Graham, former UF Running Back

"Ran definitely has first-round talent. In the NFL, they base it on a lot of other things. I think he's a guy who has some good numbers but when it comes to testing, he'll run really fast, he'll be a strong guy, he'll be really quick. He'll definitely open some eyes-- no doubt about that."
(October 17, 2002) Earnest Graham, former UF Running Back

"It's amazing for a guy his size to move like that. He has to get his plays."
(November 13, 2002) Earnest Graham, former UF Running Back

"He has all the characteristics and qualities of all the dominant backs that I've worked with. He's got tremendous size, great speed and is an above-average receiver, the three key ingredients to being a great back. This is his first opportunity to be The Guy."
(March 29, 2003) Mike Locksley, UF Running Backs Coach

"Ran is kind of a scooter and he has the power to run inside. But he's also nifty enough to beat the linebacker one-one-one."
(March 29, 2003) Mike Locksley, UF Running Backs Coach

"Tough and strong, Carthon is a move-the-pack type who excels at getting tough yards in tight spots."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"Carthon is faster than Graham and has better moves. He doesn't run as hard but he has the burst coaches have been looking for."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"Although Florida lost its top passer, rusher, receiver and tight end, the Gators don't lack for replacements. Ran Carthon can be a big-play back and Dallas Baker should be an impact receiver who can get downfield. Tight end Ben Troupe will be featured in the offense."
(August 4, 2003) Mike Strange, KnoxNews

"The emergence of 220-pound junior Ran Carthon has been a big reason for UF's success running the ball."
(November 13, 2002) Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post

"He played extremely well (in the Orange and Blue game). Ran has had a very, very good spring. He's a big, tough running back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. It makes you feel good."
(April 13, 2002) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Ran is a big back who can make things happen. He can run. When you've got two backs like him and Earnest you've really got a one-two punch."
(August 21, 2002) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

 

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