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Houston Texans invited former Alabama defensive back, Shyheim Carter to rookie minicamp on tryout basis

Shyheim Carter signals an incomplete pass
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We have another former Alabama defensive back trying to pursue a return to the National Football League.

The Houston Texans will have Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix participating in a minicamp tryout this weekend, but it will also have Shyheim Carter too. According to a report from Aaron Wilson of, the Texans will look at Carter.

A native of Kentwood, La., Carter is currently a graduate assistant on the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff.

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As a former four-star in the 2016 signing class, he was the starting nickelback in Alabama’s defense in 2018 and 2019. Carter totaled 87 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, 17 pass breakups, three interceptions, and two touchdowns. He was a two-time Southeastern Conference Champion (2016, 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Champion in 2017.

As a player, Nick Saban was high on Carter for his intelligence, leadership, and ball skills. He referred to the former cornerback as “one of the smartest players he’s ever coached.” Carter had 43 tackles (2.5 for loss), seven breakups, and one interception during his senior year in 2019.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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