June 18, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Ronald Carswell has joined the University of Tennessee at Martin football program, ninth-year head coach Jason Simpson has announced.

A 6-0, 180-pound redshirt junior out of Macon, Ga., Carswell will have two years of eligibility for the Skyhawks.

“We lost a lot of production at the wide receiver spot and Ronald brings us speed outside,” Simpson said. “We are excited about his potential to stretch the field vertically – he is one of the fastest guys we have had here in a while. He’s been here the past few weeks and has been a good teammate and a hard worker.”

Carswell spent last season at West Virginia University, where he emerged as one of the team’s most dynamic playmakers. In eight games, he hauled in 20 receptions for 413 yards for team-highs of 20.6 yards per catch and 51.6 yards per game. He also tallied a pair of touchdown receptions while starting in four games.

Carswell caught a game-tying 69-yard touchdown in the Mountaineers’ season-opening win over William and Mary on Aug. 21. He also was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass at No. 17 Baylor on Oct. 5. He tallied season-highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (76) in West Virginia’s 30-21 upset victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sept. 28.

In addition, Carswell also served as one of the Mountaineers’ most valued return men. He took back seven kick returns for 131 yards and six punt returns for 45 yards.

Carswell began his collegiate career at the University of Alabama, where he redshirted in 2011. He then enrolled at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., where he helped lead the team to a 6-3 record in 2012. He finished the season with 44 receptions for 429 yards and a touchdown, establishing himself as the No. 25 junior college wide receiver recruit.

Carswell was a highly-touted recruit out of Westside High School, as he was rated a four-star prospect by and the nations’ No. 38 wide receiver prospect in 2010. He was an AAAA all-state honoree by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper after catching 41 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season. He added 34 receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns as a junior and 33 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.

UT Martin begins the 2014 campaign with a matchup at Kentucky out of the Southeastern Conference. Kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 30 is set for 11 a.m. on the SEC Network.

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