Utah Safety: Playing Jared Goff Was a Resume Builder

Tevin Carter hopes that NFL teams, when scouting him for this year’s draft, watch his performance against Cal last October. In fact, several members of the Utah defense feel that way.

That’s because the Utes intercepted Jared Goff five times in a 30-24 win.

“We knew he was a young quarterback,” Carter, a safety, said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “We kind of had a lot of veterans on our defense, and we were just moving around, showing different looks for him and kind of rattling him. We had a great defensive line that put pressure on him. I think that came into play. I still think he’s a great quarterback. I mean, he threw five picks and they were still one drive away from tying the game, so that speaks volumes about him.”

Marcus Williams, Justin Thomas and Gionni Paul all intercepted Goff. Dominique Hatfield intercepted him twice.

“Coming into the week, everybody on the team was saying they wanted to get a pick, they wanted to get a sack,” said Carter, who had a season-high nine tackles that game. “It’s going to be a great game on the resume knowing you got a quarterback that can go potentially in the top 10 picks. So playing against him, that was one of our funnest games this year, especially because of how it turned out. It was a fun game. That was a real fun game.”

Utah went 10-3 last season and beat BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes led 35-0 after the first quarter and hung on to win 35-28. Carter recorded two interceptions, including a 28-yard pick-six that made it 14-0 less than five minutes into the first quarter.

“Coming here, I didn’t know how big that rivalry was until that game,” he said. “That was a big game. It’s an emotional game. That game has a different type of feeling. So to come out as strong as we did with five turnovers in the first five possessions, that just showed me how big the game was to us and for the fans.”

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