Position:S Class: Sr School:
Pac-10 Ht., Wt.: 6'1½, 223 40 Time: 4.82 Grade: 3.14
BIO: Three-year starter used at both strong safety and linebacker. Senior numbers included 57/2/1 after junior totals of 84/0/2 tackling with two pass defenses.
POSITIVES: Tough, intense defender who lacks pure position at the next level. Breaks down well, physical and always works to make plays. Moves well laterally and displays good range. Nice footwork in coverage, goes hard sideline-to-sideline and forceful up the field. Disciplined and stays with assignments. Constantly flying around the football.
NEGATIVES: Plays with reckless abandon but not always in control. Hesitant when the ball is in the air. Slow shedding blocks and engulfed at the point.
ANALYSIS: Carothers has the mentality and tenacity that defensive coaches admire but comes up short with the computer numbers. Possible backup in a three-four defense on the outside or at strong safety and should be a special teams demon.