Turning Up The Heat
September 30 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Despite being among the most sick players in the 49ers third game of the season, defensive Andre Carter was on fire against the Redskins. Carter, or ‘Ace’ as I prefer to call him has been playing at a high level since the end of his rookie season last year. This season though, Carter has been the 49ers answer to their defensive end problems.
Ace is tied for the team sack lead, with fellow defensive end Chike Okeafor. Both players have three sacks, averaging one per game, all of which have come in the second quarter. Last season, Carter recorded 6.5 sacks to lead the team. Carter’s game however has been much more dominating then the three sacks would indicate.
Carter has eight tackles this season, has forced a fumble and has made several stops in the backfield. He’s also knocked down the quarterback a few times as the ball was being delivered, and helped generate pass rushes that have lead to some big defensive plays.
Carter has begun to live up to the expectations the 49ers had of him when they drafted him in the first round a season ago. The team believes he can be the force along the defensive line. If he, and fellow end Chike Okeafor can continue on their pace of one sack per game, it will certainly open up opportunities for starting tackles Dana Stubblefield and Bryant Young.