All-American: Vince Carter

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Vince Carter

Vince Carter, C - 2004
Oklahoma center Vince Carter earned All-America honors as a senior in 2004. The Waco, Texas, native stepped in as a freshman when Josh Smith went out with an injury in 2001 and went on to start at center for the Sooners for four seasons.

He earned first team All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2003 and 2004.

As a senior in 2004, Carter helped pave the way for running back Adrian Peterson and protected quarterback Jason White -- both Heisman Trophy finalists -- as the Sooners completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season and won the 2004 Big 12 Conference Championship.

As a junior in 2003, Carter finished with 118 knockdowns and one sack allowed. He did not start the first game of the season due to an injury, but then started the last 13.

As a sophomore in 2002, Carter helped open holes for OU's first 1,000-yard rusher (Quentin Griffin) since Bob Stoops became the head coach. He also helped increase OU's yards per carry average by a full yard over the 2001 season and was part of a line that surrendered just 18 sacks (less than two per game).|

As a freshman in 2001, Carter started the last nine regular season games and the Cotton Bowl at center. He was named to The Sporting News All-America second team.

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