|Date of Birth:||09/16/1994|
|Drafted:||2017 | Round 7 | Pick 249|
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Pete Carroll says Chris Carson (hip) will "absolutely" be ready for the start of the season.
Carroll doesn't expect Carson will get much action during the preseason, so it might not be a complete lock that the bruising running back is 100% ready for Week 1. Keep in mind that Carroll is typically has a very optimistic outlook on things, but it's still good news that Carson is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 campaign after a season-ending hip injury last year.
Chris Carson (hip) expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Carson thankfully doesn't need surgery on his injured hip, and he sounds optimistic about the situation given that the hip will be able to heal on its own. The former seventh-round pick is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while we would think he will draw plenty of interest if he hits the open market, he'll probably return to Seattle, where he's a perfect fit. Carson has run for 1,151 yards and 1,230 yards in the past two seasons.
Chris Carson (hip) is out for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Carson broke his hip in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, so he's obviously not going to be available in the postseason, which has led to Seattle reportedly looking at Marshawn Lynch as an option for them. After nine touches for 60 yards on Sunday, Carson's 2019 campaign finishes with 278 carries 1,230 yards, and seven touchdowns in 15 games, and he also showed well as a receiver with 37 receptions, 266 yards, and two more scores. The Seahawks may go to more of an even timeshare between Carson and Rashaad Penny (knee) in 2020, but especially with the former first-round pick dealing with a lengthy injury of his own, Carson should be drafted as at least a low-end RB2.
Chris Carson (hip) will miss Week 17.
Carson went down today against the Cardinals, and head coach Pete Carroll has already ruled him out for the finale. Of course, Rashaad Penny (knee) is already one IR and C.J. Prosise (arm) also was injured today, so Seattle will likely need to make a move at the position. Despite fumbling issues, Carson’s season ends with 270 carries, 1,190 yards, and seven rushing touchdowns with a 36/246/2 line through the air. Although the Seahawks may go with more of an even timeshare in 2020, Carson should be drafted as an upside RB2 on a run-first offense.
Chris Carson (hip pointer) is officially out for the rest of today.
Carson appeared to be in pain while walking on the sideline, and it's not surprising that he won't be returning to today's game. Hopefully the workhorse running back isn't out for much longer than the rest of today, especially with Seattle's de facto NFC West title game next Sunday night versus the 49ers. He had eight carries for 40 yards and one reception for 20 yards before leaving.
Chris Carson has been cleared to return to the game.
This is great news after Carson took a hit to the head on Seattle’s opening drive. He and Rashaad Penny will split work for the remainder of the night.
Chris Carson leaves game after hit to the head.
Carson was kneed in the head by teammate Jacob Hollister on the game’s opening drive, and trainers had to attend to him. He was able to walk off under his own power, but Carson is likely going to enter the concussion protocol.
Chris Carson gets back on track in Seahawks' win.
Carson carried 22 times for 104 yards along with four receptions for 41 yards in a convincing Seattle victory at Arizona. With Rashaad Penny still out with a hamstring injury, the Seahawks fed Carson his heaviest workload of the season despite the fumbling issues to open the year, and he took advantage of the touches with a strong performance to likely get a strong grip on the clear starting and near-workhorse role for his team. Through four games this season, Carson is on pace for 268 carries, 1,048 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 56 receptions, 200 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. He's an excellent player and should remain an excellent fantasy option moving forward after the early fumbling concerns.
Chris Carson fumbles again in Week 3.
Carson carried 15 times for 53 yards and added one reception for -2 yards in Seattle's 33-27 home loss to New Orleans, but the bruising running back had another fumble—and it was a costly one, as it was returned for a touchdown by the Saints. Carson had just two lost fumbles all of last season, but he's already lost three this season—clearly, it's an issue that needs to be fixed, but it's difficult to see Seattle not continuing to have high confidence in their starting running back with the way he's played (aside from the fumbles this year) since the start of last season. There is some risk because 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny, who missed this game with a hamstring injury and has an unclear timetable to return, is on the team, but Carson might be a great buy-low candidate after these fumbling issues.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer wants Chris Carson to get about 50 targets this season.
There's been a lot of talk about Carson having exceptional hands and the Seahawks wanting to use him more in the passing game, but this is relatively modest compared to other workhorse running backs (12 running backs had over 75 targets in 2018). However, Carson had just 24 targets last season, so getting into the 50-range could easily lead to double the receptions he had last year (20). Overall, Carson has obvious 300-touch potential this season, and he's currently a major value in terms of average draft position.
Pete Carroll again talks up Chris Carson.
On SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Seahawks head coach was asked about the receiving skills of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny despite the two not catching many passes last year, and Carroll said they both have really good hands but that Carson might have the best hands on the team. This is the second time in recent weeks that Carroll has raved about his starting running back's catching ability, and he added this time that Carson "will catch the ball more this year, for sure." Carroll says Seattle didn't want to put too much on Carson's plate last season as a first-year starter, but that the third-year runner will play more on third downs this year and worked all offseason to become a more well-rounded player. Despite the presence of Penny (a first-round pick last year), Carson is locked in as the clear starter for the Seahawks and is likely severely undervalued in PPR scoring formats.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks up Chris Carson's receiving ability.
The running backs for Seattle have been involved in the passing game early in training camp, and Carroll says the team has "no hesitation" to throw to their running backs because "they're all good." Carroll pointed out Carson in particularly, saying that he is "really, really good. Chris might have as good of hands as anybody on the team." Keep in mind that Carroll is an overwhelmingly positive coach, but to say the bruising Carson might have the best hands on the team is extremely high praise, and it's worth noting that he said 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny simply "catches the ball well." Last season, Carson had just 20 receptions, but he has the all-around ability to make an impact in the passing game. Carson is in a committee, but don't be surprised if he doubles his reception total from last season to become a better fantasy asset in leagues that award points for receptions.
Chris Carson (knee) says he's 100%.
Carson is ready to go at the start of Seahawks training camp, and he reportedly had a good day working as the starter and catching some passes as an outlet for Russell Wilson. The third-year running back said the offseason procedure on his knee was just a "small scope," which is good to hear. Coming off an 1,151-yard rushing season, Carson should remain a strong fantasy option in 2019 despite the presence of 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny in the backfield with him. Carson is simply an impressive player that's too good to leave off the field for long stretches on a team that loves his physical running style.
Chris Carson underwent knee surgery in the offseason.
Pete Carroll announced it today, but Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times said it sounds like he will be ready for training camp. White it sounds like a minor issue that shouldn't impact Carson's play, this opens the door a bit for 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny to get more first-team reps and impress the coaching staff. Overall, fantasy owners shouldn't panic about the news, but it's something to think about for dynasty owners and early drafters.
Chris Carson bottled up in loss to the Cowboys.
Carson rushed 13 times for 20 yards and caught two passes for negative-one yard. The Dallas defensive line basically dominated the Wild Card Round, as Carson had no room to run in a 24-22 loss. He did convert a two-point conversion in the final minutes, but overall, it was a disappointing conclusion to an excellent season for the Oklahoma State product. Carson should open 2019 as the clear starter for Seattle, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him operate in more of an even split with 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny. The backfield will be a storyline to watch over the summer.
Chris Carson stays hot to conclude the regular season.
Carson carried 19 times for 122 yards and one touchdown along with one reception for seven yards in Seattle's win over Arizona. The second-year running back's strong regular season ends with 247 carries for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns along with 20 receptions for 163 yards. He ended the regular season campaign with at least 90 rushing yards and a touchdown in the final four games (447 yards and five touchdowns total), so he's one of the hottest players in the league entering the postseason. Carson is simply a beast, so it was good to see the Seahawks commit to handing him the ball nearly 250 times this season, and fantasy owners that selected him got an excellent option that got better as the season went on.
Chris Carson rumbles for two scores in win over the Chiefs.
Carson rushed 27 times for 116 yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The second-year back is now over 1,000 rushing yards for the season (1,029), and seven of his eight scores have come over the past eight games. Carson will again be the featured runner in Week 17 against the Cardinals, who have been arguably the worst run defense in the league. He's an RB1 for those looking to take home a fantasy title.
Chris Carson handles 28 touches in loss to the 49ers.
Carson rushed 22 times for 119 yards and a touchdown, also adding six receptions for 29 yards. The Seahawks fed Carson with rookie runner Rashaad Penny (knee) inactive, but it wasn't enough to avoid an upset in overtime. However, it was another great game out of the Oklahoma State product, and he should be a high-end RB2 for the fantasy championship, which includes home games against the Chiefs and Cardinals.
Chris Carson rumbles to 90 yards and a score in Week 14 win.
Carson rushed 22 times for 90 yards, including a game-sealing two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Seattle's starter was great in the first half before disappearing a bit after the break, but the overall performance was definitely a solid one for fantasy owners. Carson will look to keep it going next week in San Francisco as a low-end RB2 option.
Chris Carson dislocated his finger.
Carson received stitches, but he's fine and his status for Week 14 is not in any doubt. The bruising second-year running back gets a tough matchup against the Vikings for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Chris Carson (finger) did not return against the Niners.
Seattle was up big, so it's not a surprise that Carson didn't return to the game. He had 13 carries for 69 yards and three receptions for 39 yards before leaving the Week 13 victory. We expect he'll be fine moving forward, but his status might need to be tracked this week. Assuming he's ready to go, Carson has a tough matchup against the Vikings in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Chris Carson (finger) is questionable to return for the Seahawks.
Carson is headed to the locker room, and it might be unlikely he returns in a 21-point game in the fourth quarter. We'll update you as more information becomes available.
Chris Carson scores against the Panthers.
Carson carried 16 times for 55 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for eight yards in the Seahawks' Week 12 victory. The score came at the goal line, and it helped make it a productive day for fantasy owners. Carson should be set for another 15-20+ carries next week, and he remains a solid RB2 option in fantasy lineups against San Francisco.
Chris Carson scores in Seahawks' win.
It was a bad start for Carson as he returned to action after missing last Sunday with a hip injury, as he fumbled on Seattle's opening drive to give Green Bay great field position to start the game. But it was good to see the Seahawks did not shy away from their starting running back, as he more than doubled the carries of Rashaad Penny (eight) and Mike Davis (four). Carson had 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown along with the fumble lost. The score came on a goal-line carry that he punched in pretty easily. The hip didn't appear to give Carson any issues, but he'll take this mini bye to get even healthier ahead of Week 12 versus the Panthers. The backfield situation could turn on a dime, but expect Carson to be a strong fantasy option as Seattle's talented lead runner next week.
Chris Carson (hip) is expected to return this week.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero asked if first-round rookie Rashaad Penny earned a bigger role after his big performance yesterday, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says yes but that “when they’re all healthy, they won’t all get the ball.” Carroll also could’ve been talking about C.J. Prosise, but he might mean the team’s big theee of Carson, Prosise, and Mike Davis. So Penny might be the only one locked into touches this Thursday night against the Packers, but the situation is very much up in the air.
Chris Carson (hip) has been ruled out for Week 10.
Carson didn’t practice all week so this isn’t surprising, but the Seahawks listed him as questionable and were hoping he’d be able to go. Mike Davis and first-round rookie Rashaad Penny will handle most of the backfield work against the Rams, and Davis is at least a solid FLEX option for the matchup.
Chris Carson (hip) is officially listed as questionable for Week 10; did not practice all week.
Carson didn't practice all week, so it's a slight surprise that he's listed as questionable for Sunday. The Seahawks would certainly love to have him out there against a first-place division rival, but it'll probably come down to how Carson is feeling and moving during pre-game warmups. Seattle doesn't play until the later games, so you'll have to have a backup plan from the late-afternoon, Sunday night, or Monday night game if you plan on inserting Carson into your fantasy lineup.
Chris Carson's injury is officially a hip injury.
The team is calling Carson doubtful to return, so his day is almost certainly done. The injury is likely what he came into the game dealing with, and now we just need to hope the injury doesn't linger longer then today. Before leaving, Carson had eight carries for 40 yards. Mike Davis will take over as the lead back with Carson out.
Chris Carson leaves game with apparent thigh injury.
Carson has his left thigh area wrapped and is on the sidelines without his helmet for Seattle's first offensive drive of the second half. Carson entered the game with a hip injury, but it's unclear if this is related to that. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Carson's status.
Chris Carson (hip) is officially active against the Chargers.
Carson was added to the injury report with a hip injury, something that’s previously been a problem for him, but he’s ready to go for the Seahawks. The second-year running back has 20-carry potential, and he’s a strong RB2 option for Week 9.
Chris Carson scores in Seahawks' win.
Coming off the bye, Carson again worked as Seattle's workhorse, carrying 25 times for 105 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 19 yards. The second-year running back powered through three defenders for his touchdown—a seven-yarder—and overall he again ran the ball very well. First-round rookie Rashaad Penny didn't receive a touch in the Week 8 victory, while Mike Davis received 11 touches behind Carson. Things could quickly change, but we don't expect the Seahawks to go away from Carson. He's a strong fantasy option versus the Chargers next week.
Chris Carson gets 14 carries in Week 6.
Carson gained 59 yards on his 14 attempts against the Raiders, and he was not involved as a receiver. It looked like Carson had a touchdown on a walk-in by the goal line, but a false start penalty negated the play. First-round rookie Rashaad Penny (nine carries, 43 yards) received more action, which is a bit of a concern, but Carson is a beast and should remain Seattle's top runner coming off the bye.
Chris Carson is off the Week 5 injury report.
Pete Carroll indicated Carson would be playing this week, but he made similar sentiments last week before Carson was inactive against the Cardinals. We think Carson is a beast of a runner, but he's joining what is expected to be a full-blown committee backfield after Mike Davis played well last week and is said to have a solid role in the offense. Carson is just a FLEX option for Week 5.
Chris Carson (hip) was limited in today's practice.
Carson didn't practice yesterday, so this is a good step in the right direction. He's expected to return, but he was also expected to play last week and did not, so we'll keep a close eye on the injury report when it's released tomorrow.
Chris Carson (hip) is inactive for the Seahawks.
This is a bit of a surprise, as Carson was thought to be ready to go for today despite dealing with his hip injury. First-round rookie Rashaad Penny is likely to draw the start for Seattle, and he's instantly a starting fantasy option. Carson should be ready to go for next week against the Rams.
Chris Carson (hip) is questionable for Sunday.
We think Carson should be fine for this weekend against the Cardinals, but it's no lock. And the Seahawks play at 4:05 PM ET, so fantasy owners could be in a bind if they're planning on having Carson in fantasy lineups. Just be sure to have a backup plan from the later games in case Carson is inactive.
Seahawks feed Chris Carson 34 touches in Week 3 win.
It took long enough for the Seahawks to commit to handing Carson the rock as a workhorse runner. Carson had 32 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions (on two targets) for 22 yards). The second-year back didn't put up huge per-carry numbers in the game, but the Cowboys have a strong run defense and Carson played better than the numbers indicate. Carson is simply a beast of a runner that is an obvious starting option in all fantasy lineups if the Seahawks are going to hand him the ball 20+ times per game. Rashaad Penny just had three carries and no receptions in the win. Hopefully the Seahawks don't mess with things in Week 4 against the Cardinals.
Chris Carson starts but gets phased out in Seahawks' loss.
After Carson toted the rock well in Week 1, the team said they were doing to give him the ball more moving forward, but that obviously did not happen tonight. Carson started the game against the Bears and had a couple of carries to convert a first down, but he didn't get much work after that. Overall, the second-year back had six carries for 24 yards in the loss. Carson is a very talented runner, but it's very hard to trust him in fantasy lineups when he's getting under ten carries per game.
Pete Carroll says Chris Carson has separated himself at running back.
We thought this was the case during the preseason, but the team gave first-round rookie Rashaad Penny an even workload Sunday against the Broncos. Carson outperformed Penny on the ground; and Carroll says he "really took the lead at the position," and that they'll still use Penny but will not have the type of backfield split they did to open the season. This opens the door for Carson to be a 15-20 carry guy moving forward, which makes him an excellent fantasy option in all formats.
Chris Carson fumbles in Week 1 loss.
Carson is the starter for Seattle and received ten touches, but the team gave Rashaad Penny more touches (11) in the game. Carson had seven carries for 51 rushing yards, three receptions for 28 receiving yards, and one fumble lost. The second-year back had a highlight-reel play when he hurdled a Broncos defender and kept his feet, and overall he ran the ball much better than Penny (seven carries, eight yards). We'll see how the workload is split next Monday night against the Bears, but we believe Carson should get most of the carries.
Bobb Wagner says Chris Carson "stands out" at running back for the Seahawks.
Wagner was on The Rich Eisen Show, and he said "there's a difference when Chris Carson runs the ball... he looks really, really strong and he looks like he's on a mission." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the team envisions the second-year back as their "bellcow." Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has previously said on multiple occasions how great of shape Carson is in, and the 2017 seventh-round pick ran with the starters in last week's preseason game. Now that Rashaad Penny is out for the rest of the summer with a broken finger, Carson is the heavy favorite to open the season as the clear top early-down runner. Even coming off a broken leg, Carson has looked impressive enough that he should be a very strong starting option in all fantasy leagues for Week 1.
Chris Carson has been "tearing it up" to start Seahawks training camp.
Healthy coming off his severe leg injury from Week 4 of last season, Carson is in a battle for the lead-back role for Seattle. John Boyle of Seahawks.com writes Carson "appears poised for a big role again" after he was the starter before his injury last season. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says that the second-year running back "has been remarkably fit" and is "really tearing it up." Rashaad Penny figures to be the favorite to start for Seattle after they selected him in the first round of the draft, but this team preaches competition as much as any team in football. Carson could potentially win the starting job this summer.
Chris Carson gained about ten pounds from last year.
NFL Network's James Palmer says the second-year running back is up to 227 pounds, and he looks in shape, so he's committed to putting on good muscle this offseason. As long as he didn't lose explosiveness with the added weight, the extra bulk should help him moving forward. Carson says he's back to 100% from his leg fracture suffered early October last year, which is a great sign. The Seahawks drafted former San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny in the first round, so they're probably going to use him a lot on offense. However, Carson played well for Seattle until he went down last season, and he could have a solid role in the backfield.
Chris Carson will get surgery on his ankle tomorrow, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.
Carson has already been placed on IR, but the team believes there is a chance he could return this season. The rookie back is eligible to come off IR after eight weeks as a designated to return player, but it'd probably be optimistic to think he'll be back as a major contributor. Still, you can hold Carson on your fantasy team if you have roster space, with the hope of him returning and making an impact down the stretch.
The Seahawks placed RB Chris Carson on IR, according to Field Yates.
The rookie back suffered a serious broken leg at the end of last night's win over the Colts, and it certainly looks like his season will be over. It'd be a surprise if Carson was able to get healthy and be brought back off IR as a designated to return player, and even if he is brought back, he's unlikely to be as effective as he was. The Seahawks are likely looking to get Carson to 100% for 2018, while they'll rely on a combination of Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and J.D. McKissic for the rest of this year. Rawls, who has shown superb ability in the past, is the favorite to take over as the lead guy in the backfield.
Chris Carson exits game against the Colts with leg injury against the Colts.
The impressive rookie running back unfortunately looks to have suffered a very serious leg injury with the Seahawks up 21 points late in the fourth quarter. He immediately received medical attention as his leg was put in an air cast and he was carted off the field. It was an ugly lower leg/knee injury where Carson was rolled up on a bit, and it certainly looks like he's going to be out for quite some time. Eddie Lacy was active tonight, while Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch and C.J. Prosise (ankle) was also inactive. J.D. McKissic, who already scored in the game, also looks like he could have a role moving forward. This could be a full-blown committee moving forward, but we'd bet on Rawls taking over for most of the work in the backfield for Seattle. Carson had 12 carries for 42 yards and three receptions for 24 yards before leaving.
Rookie Chris Carson again leads Seahawks in carries in Week 3.
Carson had 11 carries for 34 yards in the game and couldn't get much going on the ground, but he added two receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown through the air. It looks like the Seahawks are riding with Carson as the starter, as Thomas Rawls played only one snap in his second game back from his ankle sprain. Carson will be a solid option in Week 4 against the Colts—with the main concern not being workload, but how much Seattle commits to running the ball.
Rookie Chris Carson works as clear lead back for the Seahawks.
With Eddie Lacy a healthy scratch for the game and Thomas Rawls playing his first game of the year, the seventh-round rookie received 21 touches and totaled 100 yards against the Niners. Thomas Rawls started the game, but Carson received almost all of the work, gaining 93 yards on 20 carries and seven yards on his one reception. It was Rawls' first game back from an ankle injury and he'll likely have a role, but Carson has impressed all preseason and through two weeks of the regular season. He might be the guy for the Seahawks this season. Carson is a FLEX option next week against Tennessee.
Chris Carson gets six carries in Week 1.
The rookie running back outplayed Eddie Lacy (five carries for three yards) with Thomas Rawls (ankle) out, carrying six times for 39 yards and catching one pass for ten yards. Carson had a long run of 30 yards in the game, and he was not easy to bring down when he had the ball. Thomas Rawls might ultimately take over as the lead guy when he returns, likely this week, but Carson might've worked his way into at least the number two role in Seattle. He's a strong bench hold.
Chris Carson rushed three times for 10 yards and the preseason finale.
Carson is almost certain to be on the 53-man roster after his impressive preseason, and he's a name to keep an eye on with three injury-prone backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Chris Carson flashes again, totals 90 yards in third preseason game.
With Thomas Rawls (ankle) and C.J. Prosise (groin) out, the seventh-round rookie running back played with the starters again. Eddie Lacy started the game, but Carson got more playing time than the veteran. He had eight carries for 46 yards and added two receptions for 44 yards, including a 37-yarder. It's difficult to not be impressed by Carson, who has looked like a beast this preseason, rarely going down on first contact and driving ahead for positive yardage while also showing his ability as a receiver. At the very least, C.J. Prosise probably needs to watch out for his job as the passing down back for Seattle, and it's not out of the question Carson becomes the lead guy this season. This situation could deliver major headaches to fantasy owners, with no clarity on how the playing time will be split.
Chris Carson plays with first team in Seahawks' second preseason game.
With Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise out, Eddie Lacy and Carson worked with Russell Wilson and the starters. Carson had six carries for 27 yards and a 17-yard reception. The seventh-round pick is a lock to make the team, and now it's just a matter of how much playing time he gets as a rookie. Carson certainly looks the part out there as a big, all-around running back. He might end up having re-draft value this season, and he's definitely someone to watch in dynasty leagues. Hopefully all the backs are healthy in Seattle's third preseason game on Thursday so we can get more of an idea of how the backfield will be split.
Chris Carson scores twice in first preseason game for the Seahawks.
The seventh-round pick had seven carries for 19 yards and two touchdowns and added a one-yard reception. As someone that has impressed in training camp, Carson is at least a practice squad candidate, and he might make Seattle's final roster as a rookie.
Chris Carson is turning heads at Seahawks training camp.
Sheil Kapadia of ESPN writes, "If [Carson] were a first- or second-round pick, he'd probably be the talk of camp right now." Head coach Pete Carroll has talked about Carson having a great camp, while receiver Doug Baldwin is very impressed and said Carson has "all the tools." The seventh-round pick is looking like a good bet to make Seattle's final roster, and he's worth adding in all dynasty leagues.
The Seahawks select Oklahoma State running back Christopher Carson with the 249th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Carson is a ripped running back that looks like he belongs in the NFL. Carson transferred and played two season at Oklahoma State after playing two years at Butler Community College in Kansas. Carson improved as a senior, but only played nine games because of a thumb injury; he rushed for 559 yards on 82 carries (6.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns. Butler will compete for a job in a loaded Seattle backfield.