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Player Profile: Shante Carver

From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
(July, 1996)

Shante Carver
Defensive End #96
6'5 * 253 * 2/12/71
Arizona State
D-1 for '94 * 3rd Year

Still developing as a speed pass rushing force. Shante Carver's productivity and experience levels increased dramatically between the first and second seasons of his NFL career. He continues to all size and strength as the result of his work in the weight room, and his physical development has paid dividends on the field. Carver is an extremely quick pass rusher who plays with great intensity. He has spent the past two seasons working under - and learning from - Cowboys starting defensive ends Charles Haley and Tony Tolbert. Carver's continued development and productivity will be counted on by the Cowboys coaching staff in their long term defensive plans.

1995: Carver was able to fulfill a rare personal dream by participating in Super Bowl XXX (1/28/96) in the same Sun Devil Stadium where he starred as a defensive end for Arizona State. Carver not only contributed to the Cowboys 27-17 win over the Steelers in the Super Bowl, but he also compiled a single-game, career-high five tackles. The Super Bowl was the only 1995 playoff game that Carver did not start, as the injured Haley returned to the lineup. Carver was the Cowboys starter at right defensive end for the final game of the regular season at Arizona (12/25), as well as the division playoff win over Philadelphia (1/7/96) and the NFC Championship Game win over Green Bay (1/14/96). He recorded half a sack and a tackle in the title game win over the Packers. In the Christmas night win at Arizona, Carver registered two tackles, two QB pressures and the first pass defensed of his career. He also played a key role in the Cowboys 21-20 win over the Giants (12/17) that started Dallas' five-game winning streak to the Super Bowl title. Carver tied his regular season-best total for tackles against the Giants with four, while seeing most of his action from the left end position. The week prior to the Giants game, he registered three tackles and a half sack at Philadelphia (12/10) in extended playing time with the loss of Haley (to a back injury against Washington 0 12/3). Carver suffered a broken hand in the Cowboys loss to San Francisco (11/19). In the Cowboys 23-9 victory at San Diego (10/15), Carver recorded the first multiple sack game of his career with two. He also collected his first career fumble recovery, setting up Dallas' first touchdown, in that win over the Chargers. He earned a pair of mid-season starts in consecutive games against the Redskins (his first career start - 10/1) and Packers (10/8), and he contributed a personal-best four tackles and a tackle for a loss in the 34-24 win over Green Bay. Throughout the season, Carver was the primary reserve at both defensive end positions following the free agency departure of Jim Jeffcoat.

1994: As a rookie pass rushing defensive lineman on the NFL's top rated defensive unit, Carver found the prospects of extended playing time very thin. Nagging injuries, competition with established veteran stars and the natural adjustments of making the transition to the professional game were all a part of Carver's educational experience. Carver saw the majority of his game action in the early portion of the season. He played his first career NFL game in the season opening win at Pittsburgh (9/4). Carver was used in a limited capacity in close games against Houston (9/11) and Detroit (9/19), and he saw his most extensive playing time in mop-up duty at Washington (10/2). He recorded one solo tackle and one stop behind the line of scrimmage at RFK. Carver finished his rookie season with five tackles after playing in 10 of the team's 16 regular season games. Carver was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs): 1994 (10/0, 0/0), 1995 (16/3, 3/2). Total
- 26/3, 3/2.

COLLEGE: As a senior in 1993, Carver was generally considered one of the nation's premier pass rushing talents as a standout performer in the pass-oriented Pacific-10 Conference. Carver recorded double-figure sack totals in each of his collegiate seasons: 10 as a freshman, 11 as a sophomore, 10 as a junior and 10 as a senior - closing out his Sun Devil career with 41 quarterback sacks for losses totaling 248 yards. In addition, he had 20-or-more quarterback pressures in all but his freshman year, while accounting for 59 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 299 yards. The most prolific pass rusher in Arizona State history, Carver had already shattered the school record for America selection, as well as being named All Pacific-10 Conference. Carver was his team's Defensive MVP in both his senior and junior seasons, while sharing the award as a sophomore. After being redshirted as a true freshman in 1989, Carver played in 44 straight games for the Sun Devils, starting 34.

PERSONAL: Carver was a 1989 graduate of Lincoln High School in his hometown of Stockton, Calif. He played both defensive end and tight end at Lincoln and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior. He was also a fine basketball player in high school, who once collected 21 and 24 rebounds in consecutive games as a senior. Carver majored in criminal justice studies at Arizona State. His athletic exploits enabled him to earn a letter as a walk-on basketball player for the Sun Devils during the the 1992-93 season. Carver hosts an annual golf tournament in Stockton, CA. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Pop Warner Youth Football program in Stockton.

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