Shon Carson
Shon  Carson

RS Senior

Scranton, S.C.

High School:
Lake City

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 206


2 VL

Sport & Entertainment Management


Shon Carson remains patient running back for South Carolina

By Richard Breen (Greenville News)

Two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2015: Fifth-year senior who was fourth on the team in rushing with 297 yards on 52 carries, a 5.7-yard average... scored a pair of rushing touchdowns... caught four passes for 24 yards and two more scores... also averaged 23.8 yards on 13 kickoff returns... carried the ball four times for 75 yards in the fourth quarter alone against North Carolina, including a 48-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner... ran five times for 36 yards against Kentucky, and returned a pair of kickoffs for 42 yards total... had a big game returning kicks at Georgia with six returns for 162 yards, a 27.0-yard average, with a career-long 51-yarder that set up a field goal just before the half... made his second career start against UCF and responded with 35 yards on seven carries... started at Missouri but was held to just five yards on eight tries... also logged his first catch of the season which resulted in his first career TD reception... did not play against Vanderbilt... carried eight times for 52 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 16 yards and another score against Clemson in the season finale... played in 40 games in his Carolina career with three starts... averaged 5.2 yards per carry, gaining 703 yards on 134 totes, including two rushes of more than 50 yards, with five touchdowns... also has 16 receptions for 124 yards and 53 kickoff returns with a 20.9-yard average, including a long of 51 yards... a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2014: Junior running back who also handled kick return duties... played in all 13 games... carried 18 times for 141 yards with two scores... averaged 7.8 yards per carry... also caught five passes for 40 yards... returned 31 kicks for a 20.4-yard average... ran back a career-long 42-yard kick return against Georgia to set up the eventual game-winning score... had a 25-yard touchdown burst at Kentucky... rushed seven times for 85 yards and a score against Furman, including a 56-yard run... selected as the "Most Improved" running back in the spring... suffered a broken collarbone during the Garnet & Black Spring Game.

2013: Tailback who was able to remain healthy and see significant playing time after being injured for much of his first two campaigns... third on the squad with 256 yards rushing on 61 carries with one TD... caught five passes for 59 yards and returned eight kickoffs for a 17.8-yard average... six of his kickoff returns came at Georgia where he logged 111 yards... carried a career-high 15 times for 56 yards in the win at Arkansas... had a career-long 24-yard reception against Mississippi State... came off the bench to rush 13 times for a career-high 102 yards in the win over Florida... his 58-yard burst off the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter set up the game-winning field goal... had 11 carries for 38 yards and a score against Coastal Carolina in his only career start... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... did not participate in spring ball as he was an outfielder on the baseball team... batted .194 (6-for-31) in 18 games including nine starts with seven runs and two RBI.

2012: Redshirt freshman who injured his left wrist early in camp and underwent surgery in late August... did not see any game action until the Outback Bowl when he caught two passes in the win over Michigan... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... did not go through spring drills while rehabbing a knee injury.

2011: True freshman who quickly moved up the depth chart... carried the ball three times for nine yards... rushed two times for seven yards in the season opener against East Carolina... also had a 23-yard kickoff return in that contest... suffered a torn ACL in his knee on his only carry at Georgia.... missed the rest of the season... petitioned for a medical redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport standout at Lake City (S.C.) High, graduating in 2011... also a highly-touted baseball player... selected in the 44th round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds... rushed for 2,280 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior... became just the third player in South Carolina history to tally 100 career touchdowns, joining former Byrnes standout Marcus Lattimore and former Lexington product Demetris Summers, both of whom played collegiately at South Carolina... helped his team to the third round of the Class AA state playoffs as a senior... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... earned the game's Offensive MVP award for South Carolina after rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and catching four passes... also played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... rushed for 2,146 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior... rushed for 1,636 yards and 19 touchdowns on 186 carries as a sophomore... rushed for nearly 1,300 yards as a freshman... considered a three-star prospect, the eighth-best player in the state and the 28th-best running back in the country, according to Rivals.com... regarded as a four-star prospect, the 192nd-best player in the country and the 24th-best running back by Scout.com... three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com... considered a PrepStar All-American... also had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 5, 1991, Jacquese Carson graduated in December 2015 with a degree in sport and entertainment management major.