FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020, file photo, Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter (17) walks on the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Carter might have an easier time replicating his season-opening performance than filling ticket requests for No. 13 Florida’s next game. The fifth-year senior and Tampa native is pleading with teammates to help him land enough passes for his homecoming against South Florida on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Zachary Carter looks to make his NFL dreams a reality: Pro Day 2022

Gators defensive tackle Zachary Carter dreams of making it to the NFL– his dreams are looking like they will turn into a reality in the next couple of months.

Carter participated in the Gators Pro Day 2022 in Gainesville on Monday.

Carter on SportScene

The Tampa native told Steve Russell on SportScene that he felt good following a successful pro day.

This is the second time that Carter has been evaluated on his athleticism. Earlier this month, Carter participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Because this was Carter’s second time being evaluated, he said that it took some pressure off of his pro day in Gainesville. Furthermore, he reflected on his time at the NFL combine and described it as a blessing.

The Choice to go Pro

On Dec. 11, 2021, Carter announced on social media that he was forgoing the bowl game and declaring for the NFL draft. He made sure to thank the staff, the team and Gator Nation for following along on his journey in college. In the meantime, Carter has been training. The Gator graduate says he will continue to work out leading up to the draft and following the draft. He says that he has upcoming visits to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers.

Reflecting on his career as a Gator

With the future looking bright for the Gator star, he reflects on the past fives year at the University of Florida. Carter, who was a redshirt senior this past year, has played a career total of 46 games in the orange and blue uniform. He says that he learned how to handle adversity in his time at Florida.

From 2018-2021, Carter talks about how he had three defensive line coaches and went to three back-to-back New Years Six Bowls in a row.

As for the future of the Gators football program, Carter affirms Gator Nation that the program is in good hands with head coach Billy Napier.

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