Posted by Chip Patterson
Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter wrapped up his career in Norman with a strong senior season, grabbing four interceptions and picking up 96 tackles - good enough for third on the team. But Carter's efforts have not just been placed on the gridiron during his time as a Division I athlete. He has been deeply rooted in the Norman community as well as his hometown of Las Vegas. This week, the Sooner defensive back was recognized for his off-field efforts by being named the seventh Wooden Citizenship Cup winner.
The Wooden Citizenship Cup is given annually to one athlete (all sports are considered) for the highest display of character in the sport, as well as making a difference in the lives of others. Carter won the award over four other finalists: Kimberly Reeves, basketball, Agnes Scott College; Greg McElroy, football, University of Alabama; Sarah Lehman, basketball, Amherst College and Daniel Crawford, football, Denison University.
The senior has been involved in the SOUL Organization (Serving Others through Unity and Leadership) in Las Vegas, Norman Kindercare, the Oklahoma City Marathon, the University Center for Student Advancement and the OU Black Graduate Student Association. Carter has been projected to fall somewhere in the second round, and will likely be one of the first free safety's selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. My guess is that his new professional status will not hinder his giving to the community, and we will be hearing his name (for the right reasons) for years to come.