The Rainbow Warriors opened the 1991 season with a new quarterback and plenty of questions.
But then Michael Carter, in his debut as the Warriors’ triple-option quarterback, rushed for 214 yards in a road game against Wyoming.
In that game, Carter suffered a broken rib, a painful injury that caused him to grimace with every hit. The thing was, in that offense, the quarterback was hit nearly every play. Carter played with extra padding and grit the rest of the season. Few knew about the condition until offensive coordinator Paul Johnson let it slip during prep interviews with national television producers ahead of the season-finale against Notre Dame.
In that game, the rib injury did not prevent Carter from absorbing a big hit — to his ribs — on a late touchdown run. The Warriors lost to Notre Dame, 48-42, but that paved the way for the next season, when the Warriors would go 11-2 and win the Holiday Bowl. Carter was named the bowl’s MVP for offense.
Football life comes full circle. For Saturday’s game against Wyoming, Carter will be the Warriors’ honorary captain.
Carter, like his 1992 teammates and coaches, deserves a place in another circle — UH’s Circle of Honor. That team was special. Carter was special.
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Avis has selected Andrew as winner of the two tickets and parking pass for the Wyoming game.
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