CAREER: He is 18th on USC's career punt return list, with 53 runbacks for 379 yards (7.2 avg.).
2005: The sure-handed ex-walk-on Carlson will serve as a backup wide receiver and punt returner as a senior in 2005.
2004: Carlson was a reserve wide receiver and the backup punt returner as a junior in 2004. He returned 5 punts for 14 yards (2.8 avg.) and had a tackle while appearing in 11 games in 2004, but did not catch a pass. He sprained his left knee prior to the Washington State game and missed that contest and the Oregon State game.
2003: As a sophomore in 2003, Carlson spent his second season as USC's punt returner and also served as a reserve wide receiver. Overall in 2003 while appearing in all 13 games, he had a team-best 21 punt returns for 188 yards (9.0 avg.), but he did not catch a pass. He returned 4 punts for 66 yards (with a 20-yarder) at Arizona State, 3 versus Stanford (29 yards) and Notre Dame (11 yards) and 2 against Washington (17 yards), Washington State (13 yards), Arizona (20 yards), UCLA (18 yards) and Oregon State (54 yards). He had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder following 2003 spring practice. He was awarded a scholarship in the spring of 2003.
2002: As a redshirt freshman walk-on reserve wide receiver, Carlson appeared in 12 games (all but the Auburn opener), primarily as a sure-handed punt returner. Although he did not catch a pass, he led USC in punt returns, running back 27 for 177 yards (6.6 avg.). It was the most punt returns by a Trojan since Larry Parker had 29 in 1995. He had a 41-yard return against Iowa in the Orange Bowl and a 28-yarder versus Notre Dame.
2001: He redshirted as a walk-on freshman wide receiver in 2001, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2000 Prep Star All-West, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside and All-Western League selection at Pacific Palisades (Calif.) High. He caught 66 passes for 1,380 yards (20.9 avg.) with 26 TDs as a wide receiver in 2000 and had 4 interceptions as a defensive back. He also scored 2 TDs each on punt and kickoff returns. He even had to play quarterback when the starter went down with an injury in the opening round of the playoffs; without ever having taken a snap in practice or a game, he threw for 260 yards and 3 TDs (and ran for another 2) while completing 11-of-16 passes (he hit his final 11 throws).
He attended Taft High in Woodland Hills (Calif.) before going to Pacific Palisades. As a 1999 junior at Taft, he had 55 catches for 1,220 yards (22.2 avg.) with 11 TDs as a wide receiver and he also played defensive back. He was named All-League.
He played for Taft's varsity as a 1998 sophomore. Current Trojan Steve Smith also prepped at Taft.
PERSONAL: He's a political science major at USC. He plays the saxophone in his free time.
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Sharing an off-campus apartment in 2004 with UCLA quarterback David Koral and former Bruin tailback Manuel White:
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