Former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2014 campaign...valuable special teams performer... will have an opportunity in the spring to compete for a spot in the rotation at the wide receiver position.
2014: Went on scholarship this season... played in 12 of 13 games, primarily on special teams... blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter at Florida that led to the game-tying touchdown forcing overtime... also credited with one tackle... earned “Most Improved” wide receiver honors in the spring of 2014.
2013: Walk-on wide receiver who joined the squad for the first time in the spring... enrolled at Carolina in January... impressed the coaches in his first opportunity on the practice fields... was not eligible in the fall per NCAA transfer rules.
2012: Played in eight games for the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs... caught 31 passes for 422 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per catch, with one touchdown... had seven catches for 107 yards against Samford... logged seven receptions for 137 yards, including a career-long 54-yard touchdown catch against Liberty, earning Big South Freshman of the Week accolades.
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman at Gardner-Webb... Began August camp as a walk-on and earned a scholarship with outstanding performance and work ethic in preseason practices.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Northeast Georgia powerhouse Clarke Central (Ga.) High under Coach Leroy Ryals... graduated in 2011... moved to receiver full time as a senior... caught 25 passes for 520 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior... helped the Gladiators to an 11-1 record and the Georgia region 8-AAAA title in 2010.
PERSONAL: Carlton Heard was born August 21, 1993... is a sociology major at South Carolina.