By Richard Breen (Greenville News)
Fifth-year senior who provides depth and experience in the backfield... could also get a look at wide receiver in the spring... figures to compete for kickoff return duties again this season... has played in 29 games in his Carolina career with one start... has averaged 5.0 yards per carry, gaining 406 yards on 82 totes, including two rushes of more than 50 yards, with three touchdowns... also has a dozen receptions for 100 yards and 40 kickoff returns with a 20.0-yard average, including a long of 42 yards... is 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, an average of 4.2 yards 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 scored and two RBI for Chad Holbrook's squad.
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 is a sport and entertainment management major.