Ruff Riders Sign QB Quincy Carter and WR Mychal Carrillo
ABILENE, TX. : The Abilene Ruff Riders announced on Friday, March 13, during a press conference from the Coleman County State Bank in Abilene that former NFL QB Quincy Carter and WR/KR Mychal Carrillo have been signed to the Ruff Riders 2009 roster.
Quincy Carter has been signed to his first season with the Abilene Ruff Riders. Carter (6'2", 213 lbs.) was born in Decatur, Georgia and played high school football at Southwest DeKalb High where he was also outstanding in baseball. Before his playing days began at the University of Georgia, Carter went on to play minor league baseball after he was drafted 52nd overall in the 1996 amateur draft. Carter played his final year of baseball in Advanced-A ball with the Daytona Cubs.
Carter went to the University of Georgia in 1998 where he won the starting quarterback job over future Oklahoma starting QB Nate Hybl. After a great freshman season, he was recognized as one of the top young quarterbacks in the nation and was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 1998. Carter had very good sophomore and junior seasons at Georgia and registered a 25-11 overall record during his time with the Bulldogs program.
Carter declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft following his junior season and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. Carter became the starting quarterback for Dallas following the retirement of Troy Aikman. In his third season with Dallas, Carter led the Cowboys to a 10-6 regular season record and a playoff appearance. After his release from the Cowboys in August of 2004, Carter signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets and stepped in for then injured starting QB Chad Pennington to help lead the Jets into the playoffs.
Carter had a small stint in the Canadian Football League in 2006 and then with the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings of the AF2 in 2007. Through his first three games with the Battle Wings, he was the third rated passer in the league (124.3) with 18 touchdown passes.
In June of 2008, Carter signed with the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League. Carter went on to start the final three games of the season with Kansas City.
"We are very excited about having Quincy in Abilene. We believe he is going to make a lot of plays for us this season. He has a big time arm with big time experience. I'm looking forward to having Quincy in a Ruff Riders uniform." stated Abilene Ruff Riders Head Coach, Gerald Dockery.
Additionally, the Abilene Ruff Riders announced the signing of WR/KR Mychal Carrillo. Carrillo (5'9", 185 lbs.) will be entering his first season with the Ruff Riders after a great college career at Hardin-Simmons University. Carrillo will be a huge asset to the Ruff Riders passing game as he will be entering camp at wide receiver and kick returner.
As a starter in 2008, Carrillo played in 11 games and led Hardin-Simmons in almost every receiving category including receptions (84), yards (1,076) and touchdown receptions (12). He finished fifth on the team with 90 total rushing yards and also finished '08 with 84 yards passing and one touchdown pass. Carrillo also led Hardin-Simmons with 139 punt return yards and all-purpose yards with 1,354.
Carrillo entered the 2007 season in the top ten all-time in Hardin-Simmons program history in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns. He had one of the best individual seasons by a Cowboy receiver with 86 catches for 1,043 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also threw a 64-yard touchdown pass and averaged 20.7 yards on 14 kickoff returns, and 16.7 yards on 10 punt returns. Carrillo registered four 100-yard receiving games in '07. He was named First-Team All-ASC and Third-Team All-South Region.
In 2006, Carrillo started all 10 games and led the team with 64 catches for a total of 877 yards and nine touchdowns. Carrillo was also second on the team with seven kick returns for 154 yards. He finished off 2007 being named Second Team All-ASC. In '05, Carrillo once again played in all 10 games and finished third on the team with 28 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to HSU, Carrillo attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University after high school and redshirted for one season. He then spent a year at Texas Tech as a student. Carrillo was an All-District and All-State selection at Sweetwater High School in football for coach Kent Jackson.
"Mychal is a gifted athlete and an exceptional wide receiver. I believe he will standout during training camp and make some big plays for our club this season." stated Abilene Ruff Riders Head Coach, Gerald Dockery.
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