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Notebook to Playbook Raymond Carter: The double-life of a student-athlete Take a day-by-day journey through the life of a Division-I college football player. Follow the struggle to balance school, football and everyday life.



“I can’t tell you how proud I am of my son. My son is very resilient. And he is a visionary. He sets his mind and his goals, no matter what he has been through, no matter what challenges he has had to face, he continues to rise above every challenge that he has had to face in his career that he’s had. He is determined to continue to do what he has to do to contribute as a team member and to set individual goals for himself.” Carol Carter-Harris | Ray Carter’s mother

photos by hunter thompson | COLLEGIAN

Carter walks off the field following the 38-35 loss to UNLV. Within the hour Carter and the rest of the team are on the bus heading to the airport to go home to Fort Collins and start the next week.

Carter mentally prepares before the UNLV game by listening to music on his Beats headphones.

The full week’s preparation turns into laser-like focus for Carter come gametime against UNLV.

Carter jokes with teammates during Friday night’s walkthrough at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Notebook to Playbook  

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