Outlook Speedy left-handed hitter served as a back-up outfielder and key bat and runner off the bench as a freshman in 2014, with UK's outfield boosted by standouts Austin Cousino, Ka'ai Tom, Kyle Barrett and Storm Wilson ... Will compete for a starting position in the outfield with the departure of Cousino ... Has a top-of-the-order skill set that profiles as a dynamic leadoff hitter with an ability to steal bases and consistently get on base ... With Cousino missing two games as a junior, UK turned to Carson to start in centerfield in his stead in both games ... Hit .364 as a freshman in just 33 at-bats, but shined situationally, going 4-for-11 as a pinch hitter with a 6-for-11 mark with runners in scoring position ... Earned constant praise from the UK coaching staff for his work ethic, attitude and team-first mentality ... Has been described as a "winner" by coach Gary Henderson ... Has surprising strength for his size ... A highly regarded high school athlete in London, Ky., set school records for average and runs ... Has the ability to be one of the best baserunners in the conference.
Summer Starred for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, joining UK teammates Connor Heady, Zack Brown and JaVon Shelby on the squad ... Named to the All-PGCBL post-season team ... Also named a PGCBL All-Star starter in centerfield ... Hit .346 (45-for-130) with 38 runs, eight doubles, two triples and 12 RBI ... Stole 14-of-18 bases and owned a 24-20 walk-strikeout ratio ... Was also plunked by eight pitches.
2014 Served as an extra outfielder and back up centerfielder during his true freshman season ... Performance warranted more at-bats but was behind standouts Austin Cousino, Ka'ai Tom, Kyle Barrett and Storm Wilson ... Was UK's primary pinch runner off the bench ... Made both starts in centerfield with Cousino sat out a game due to illness at Texas A&M and when Cousino served as the DH in midweek action ... Also hit leadoff in place of Cousino at TAMU ... Played in 25 games with four starts, hitting .364 (12-for-33) ... Finished with 12 runs scored, two doubles, nine RBI and two steals ... Played in 10 games with one start in SEC play, batting .188 (3-for-16) with an RBI ... In non-SEC play, hit .529 (9-for-17), with 10 runs, two doubles and eight RBI ... Had three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games ... Hit No. 1, No. 7 and No. 8 in the starting lineup ... Shined situationally, batting 4-for-11 as a pinch hitter, with five two-out hits and five two-out RBI ... Was 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Came off the bench as a pinch runner nine times ... Made his first career start on opening weekend vs. VMI, going 1-for-3 with a double, two runs, stolen base and hit by pitch ... Came off the bench for the next six games, before earning a start as the DH vs. Ball State, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and steal ... Had his best career game vs. Ball State, coming off the bench to go 3-for-3 with four runs, a double and three runs ... Earned praise from UK's staff in a pinch-hit at-bat at No. 15 Indiana, despite making the final out of the game during a quality at-bat ... Made first career start in centerfield vs. Western Kentucky, hitting 2-for-3 with two RBI and a hit by pitch ... Had a pinch-hit vs. No. 1 South Carolina, driving in a run ... Came off the bench in place of a sick Cousino in the middle game of the series at Texas A&M, going 1-for-3 ... Was 1-for-5 in the following game at TAMU, his first career SEC start ... Came off the bench as the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning vs. Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament, replacing AJ Reed and scoring the tying run to force an eventual 12-inning thriller.
High School Set career records at North Laurel High School for batting average (.447), runs scored (231) and career at-bats (572), while also setting the single-season batting average record his senior year posting a .534 average .... Earned first-team All-State his senior year and all-district and all-region his freshman through senior years ... Led his team to be the 13th region championship and 49th district championship senior year ... Senior year, led his team in batting average (.534), with 63 hits, 12 doubles and five home runs, scoring 57 times, swiping 30 bags and knocking in 25 runs ... Along with varsity letters in baseball also earned five varsity letters in basketball, helping his team toward being region champs his junior season ... Along with his athletic achievements was an honor roll student and had perfect attendance.
Personal Full Name Marcus Allen Carson ... Born on March 29, 1994 in London, Ky. ... Son of Mark and Janet Carson ... Has a sister Tracy (22) ... His father played at Union College.