Washington: One of the hardest hitting Huskies, Carothers made his presence felt while playing both strong safety and linebacker during his career. 2003: A team captain … moved up to outside linebacker for his senior season ...started all 12 games at outside linebacker ... recorded 57 tackles, 10 for loss, and four sacks ... also had two interceptions and one 55-yard fumble return for touchdown ... named the Earle T. Glant Tough Husky award recipient at the annual awards banquet ... made the move to linebacker during spring drills and impressed coaches with his play ... played the position at times during his Husky career when defensive secondary went to nickel coverage ... four-year letter winner. 2002: Started 12 of the Huskies’ 13 games at strong safety, missing a start in the UCLA game due to a sore hamstring ... has the most career starts (26) of any returning player ... an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... third on the team with 84 total tackles ... also had eight and a half tackles for loss and a sack ... also recovered two fumbles and forced another ... scored the Huskies’ first touchdown in the win over Idaho when he scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score ... recovered a fumble in the Cal game and forced one in the USC game ... had a season-high 12 tackles in the San Jose State game ... had seven tackles in each of the wins at Oregon State and Oregon ... posted nine tackles in the Washington State and Purdue games ... had at least half a tackle for loss in 10 of the 13 games ... part of a Husky pass defense that allowed an average of just 210 yards passing over its last five regular-season games, including nine interceptions and just six touchdowns ... named a coaches’ defensive player of the game after wins over Idaho and Oregon ... named a KJR 950-AM Defensive MVP at the postseason awards banquet. 2001: Started every game at strong safety, including the Holiday Bowl, extending a string of 16 consecutive starts dating back to last season … has played in all 24 games of his Husky career … finished second on the team in tackles with 72, including four for loss … tackle total ranked among the conference’s top-15 … one of just six Husky players to have at least one tackle in every game …tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with two forced fumbles … was a three-time honoree as coaches’ defensive MVP … helped Washington rank fourth in the conference in pass defense, allowing just 220 yards per game … led a Husky pass defense which allowed more than 250 yards passing in just three of 11 games … led the team with nine tackles in Holiday Bowl ... sacked Michigan’s John Navarre in Huskies’ season-opening 23-18 win over the 11th-ranked Wolverines … earned coaches’ defensive MVP honor for 10-tackle performance against Cal… also recovered a fumble against the Bears to set up a Husky score in a 31-28 come-from-behind win … led the team in tackles against Arizona with eight … earned second defensive MVP award for career-high 12 tackles, including one for loss, in 42-28 win over No. 10 Stanford … had perhaps best game of the season in 26-14 win over 10th-ranked Washington State … forced fumbles on consecutive second-half possessions by the Cougars … on the second play of the third quarter, stripped the Cougars’ Dave Minnich at the five yard-line to set up the game-winning touchdown … three minutes later, turned the momentum of the game permanently in the Huskies’ favor, knocking the ball loose on a sack of quarterback Jason Gesser on first-and-goal … earning second-consecutive defensive MVP award for performance against Washington State. 2000: Earned honorable mention Freshman All-American honors from Rivals.com ... played on defense in every game except Miami (special teams only) ... started last three games of the season at strong safety ... made first career start against Arizona, finishing in a tie for third on the team in tackles with eight ... earned defensive MVP honors for his performance against the Wildcats ... appeared in 11 games, leading all Husky freshmen with 27 tackles ... part of a terrific Husky secondary that ranked second in the conference in pass defense with 207. 9 yards allowed per game ... secondary allowed more than one pass TD in a game just three times, and held opponents under 250 yards passing in eight of 11 games ... drilled Purdue running back Montrell Lowe in Huskies’ 34-24 Rose Bowl win, forcing and recovering a fumble to set up decisive Husky touchdown in the fourth quarter ... finished the game with six tackles and a forced and recovered fumble ... finished third on the team in tackles at Washington State, with six ... had one of Huskies’ four sacks in 33-30 win over Oregon State ... first sack of career ... forced fumble by Oregon State kick returner Ricky Walker, earning the Husky coaches’ special teams MVP honor ... was special teams MVP again at Washington State, in Huskies’ 51-3 win ... made first career interception, in the end zone, against UCLA ... co-winner of the Travis Spring Award, given to the team’s most outstanding offensive and defensive freshmen.
High School and Personal: Born July 13, 1981 in Great Falls, Mont. … parents are Bobbie and Bryan ... has an older brother, Keith, and a younger sister, Stephani ... father played football at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. ... brother plays basketball at Montana State-Northern ... played for coach Mark Samson at Helena Capital High School … led team to a perfect record and the Class AA State Championship … a two-time first team all-state selection at safety … named the 1999 Class AA defensive MVP … recorded four interceptions, 86 tackles, and seven sacks as a senior, adding six blocked kicks … received all-conference and all-state honors as a junior when his team finished 6-4 … a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune’s "Western 100" squad … ranked No. 38 among prep safeties at Rivals.com … listed No. 57 on SuperPrep’s Midlands 65 list … standout track performer at Capital … was the Class AA champion in the 300m hurdles in both 1997 and 1998 ... also played basketball in high school where he was a three-year starter ... a member of the Honor Society ... a psychology major.
Year G-S Solo Asst. Tot. Loss FC FR PD Int. Sacks 2000 11-3 13 14 27 1-9 1 0-0 1 1-0 1-9 2001 11-11 47 25 72 4-15 2 1-0 3 0-0 1-7 2002 13-12 48 36 84 8.5-25 1 2-25 2 0-0 1-9 2003 12-12 37 20 57 10-42 0 1-55 3 2-0 4-18 Totals 47-38 145 95 240 23.5-49 4 4-80 9 3-0 7-43