Saban expects Carter to play Saturday

It looks like whoever’s playing quarterback this weekend for Alabama will have another athletic receiving target to throw to against Penn State.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he anticipates junior college transfer Duron Carter making his debut against the Nittany Lions.

Carter, the son of former NFL All-Pro receiver Cris Carter, didn’t play in the opener after a transcript issue delayed his enrollment. He didn’t start practicing with the team until last Monday, but has been impressive.

Saban said Carter could have played last week, but Saban wanted to make sure he was in football shape since he missed all of preseason camp.

“I think he knows what to do and still needs a little work on how to do it relative to the offensive system, but he’s a bright guy and we think he can make a contribution starting this week,” Saban said.

The Crimson Tide will be without starting receiver Darius Hanks for a second straight week. Per NCAA rules, Hanks had to sit out the first two games in order to get back his redshirt season.