Alabama waited and waited for its next deep threat to finally step on the playing field. Now, it looks like the Crimson will have to keep on waiting.
"There's one piece of information we did not receive and have not ever received, and may not ever receive," Saban told reporters. "So as of right now he has to be here a year in residence to be eligible. So, he'll still have two years to play after that, but as of right now it doesn't look like he will be eligible for this season."
Carter, who is the son of former NFL great and Buckeye receiver Cris Carter, would still have two years of eligibility after his redshirt year.
The younger Carter enrolled at Alabama at the end of August and started practicing with the team. The hope was that he would be a major factor in Alabama's passing game and the coaches hoped to get him into the lineup before senior Darius Hanks returned after sitting out the first two games in order to give Marquis Maze some help at the receiver position.
Obviously, that didn't happen and now the Tide will probably have to move on without Carter for the rest of the year. The Tide offense has been fine without Carter, but having him in the lineup and ready to go would have been a major plus for an offense still looking for a major receiving playmaker.
Last year at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Carter had 44 catches for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns.