Carlton Heard
Carlton  Heard

RS Senior

Athens, Ga.

High School:
Clarke Central

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 182


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Heard earns his way

By Avery Wilks (Gamecock Central)

2015: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2014 campaign... played in 11 games as a senior making four starts... caught five passes for 78 yards, an average of 15.6 yards per catch... earned his first career start in the season opener against North Carolina and caught his first pass... also started against Kentucky and hauled in a 31-yard catch, helping to set up a scoring drive... had a pair of receptions in the win over UCF for 38 yards... had a 15-yard catch at Missouri... did not travel to LSU after suffering a lacerated lip during practice... made his third start of the season at Tennessee... also started the season finale against Clemson.

2014: Went on scholarship prior to the start of the 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 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... graduated in December 2015 with a degree in sociology.