Andre Carter’s breakout season has earned the linebacker Army’s first Associated Press all-American recognition in more than three decades.
Carter, who has set the academy record with 14.5 sacks this season, was named the AP third team Monday.
Mike Mayweather, West Point’s all-time leading rusher, was the last Army player to receive AP honors as a third-team selection in 1990.
“It’s a blessing to be recognized,” Carter said in an Army press release. “My teammates and I have been working hard all season, so it’s really amazing to be able to share in this with them as a reflection of all our hard work throughout this entire season.”
Carter, who entered the season with one career sack, recorded three sacks in Army’s season-opening win over Georgia State. He had his second 3-sack game against UMass last month. The junior has a sack in 10 of Army’s 12 regular-season games. He also has 38 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, an interception and a blocked kick.
Currently, Carter ranks second in the nation in sacks behind Alabama’s first-team AP all-American Will Anderson (15.5). Carter has one more game to add to his total when Army faces Missouri in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22.