Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports
Weighing in at 247 pounds and standing at 6'3'', Penn State tight end Kyle Carter is a physical specimen and creates matchup problems for virtually anyone who covers him.
Split out wide on a cornerback? Throw it up to him, and he'll snag it.
Line him up on the line? Carter has the speed and sharp route running to shake a linebacker.
That being said, Carter's success in Bill O'Brien's offense last year as a redshirt freshman speaks for itself.
Despite missing the final two games of the year with a dislocated wrist, Carter caught 36 balls for 453 yards and two scores.
In terms of accolades, Carter was voted by the media to a First Team All-Big Team selection—pretty good for a freshman.
Considering his effectiveness last year, it's reasonable to think it'll only grow in 2013.
With heralded recruit Adam Breneman coming in with the intention to play his first year, the Lions will have ridiculous versatility at the tight end position.
This is where Carter becoming a leader comes in.
Sure, Breneman has been to what seems like every Penn State game last year, but Carter will be a vital point of reference in regards to learning O'Brien's schemes.
If Carter can provide that type of help, not only will Breneman and the Lions be better off, but Carter will have also earned the respect as a leader early on.