CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 30: Delone Carter #3 of the Syracuse Orange runs with the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on October 30 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Delone Carter is leaving us after what seems like nineteen years at Syracuse.
He was our future and then he got hurt and then he got better and then he kinda got hurt again and then he got better and then he hit a dude and then he was gone and then he was back and then he was really good.
Carter leaves us after many rushes, many yards and many touchdowns. One thing he doesn't leave behind, however, is many fumbles.
Delone Carter won the coveted (read: fake) Golden Hands Trophy courtesy of ESPN's Brian Bennett for being the Big East running back that made it longest this season without fumbling. In fact, at no point all season did Delone put the ball on the ground.
Carter did not fumble once while carrying the ball 204 times this season. He had the third-most carries in the Big East behind Jordan Todman and Bilal Powell while finishing fourth in rushing yards with 1,035.
I'd like to be able to compare how Carter's fumble-free streak compares with others around the country, but the NCAA doesn't keep that stat for some odd reason.
Then again, considering the kind of arms Carter was working with, it probably takes twenty T-1000's to pry that ball loose.
Of the many things we'll miss about Delone, that's probably the most important. Turnovers are the easiest way to lose a game and knowing you can trust your RB with the ball like that is invaluable. Antwon, Averin and Prince-Tyson...FYI.