“Carlton Heard, in the summer graded out right there with Dylan (Thompson), A.J. Cann and all those guys. He had an excellent summer, did everything coaches asked, plus a little bit more,” head coach Steve Spurrier said to the media on Sunday when asked about a front-running walk-on candidate for a scholarship.
The walk-on wide receiver joined the team for the first time in the spring of 2013 and is noted as a front-runner at the moment. 6-foot, 188 pounds, Heard is on the second team entering the fall.
In 2012, Heard played eight games at Gardner-Webb, caught 31 passes for 422 yards, averaging 13.6 per catch, with one touchdown.
Since he was with the Bulldogs, the Peach State-native was not eligible last fall per NCAA.
Sharing the wide receiver position, fellow teammate and walk-on junior Kane Whitehurst stands at the third-team unit, behind Heard, coming into 2014. The Duluth, Ga.-native was a transfer from Arkansas in 2012 and became eligible in 2013.
Last season, he played in 11 games and caught for 66 yards, a 16.5-yard average.
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