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Syracuse Football: Redshirt Freshman DE Kenny Carter Dismissed From Program

Carter is now the third defensive end to be dismissed from the team.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange football has lost another defensive end as redshirt freshman Kenny Carter has reportedly been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to CuseNation.

Carter becomes the the third defensive end to be dismissed from the program under new head coach Dino Babers – Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey were dismissed in early February, nearly three months after both reportedly failed two drug tests each.

The Orange will now enter the 2016 season with only six total defensive ends on the roster, and none with any collegiate experience. Syracuse's current crop of defensive ends includes: redshirt freshman Jake Pickard, as well as junior Trey Dunkelberger and true frosh Kenny Ruff. This summer, they're joined by freshmen Josh Black, Kendall Coleman, and Jaquwan Nelson.

Even prior to the dismissals of Sheppard, Ealey, and now Carter, Babers cautioned at his National Signing Day press conference that due to Syracuse's lack of depth at multiple positions, incoming freshmen will most likely be forced to see the field earlier than anticipated.

"We're at a situation in the program where a lot of these young men will play early," Babers said. "They're going to take their lumps and then they're going to grow a lot faster, because you can't get better unless you are on the football field."

With only three defensive ends currently on the roster for spring (and none with any game experience) that certainly appears to be the case.