Edwin Carter had some positive news to share on Wednesday afternoon.

Last fall, Carter sustained a serious knee injury in the second game of the season, cutting his first year in Champaign short. But it sounds like the receiver will be back in action and ready for the start of the 2019 campaign.

On Twitter, Carter posted a short message, saying he’s cleared for practice. “Cleared, back to work,” Carter wrote.


Carter arrived at Illinois as a three-star prospect but made a big impact early in his college career. In his debut against Western Illinois, the freshman hauled in two catches for 34 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was the second touchdown grab, however, that resulted in the season-ending injury.

With Illinois being thin at the position, Carter adds some much needed talent and depth to the position.

It’s still a little bit of an unknown what Carter’s capabilities are, but he has showcased his athleticism and pass-catching ability in a small sample size with the Illini. There might be a little rust that needs to be worked off, but he’s got over a month until Illinois takes the field for the season opener against Akron.