Michael Carter was born on May 7, 1999, he is an American football running back for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL).
He played college football in North Carolina. Carter rushed for 559 yards on 97 carries and eight touchdowns in his true freshman season.
As a sophomore, Carter rushed 84 times for 597 yards and two touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
During his junior season, he rushed for 1,003 yards and three touchdowns and had 21 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and was named third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
On May 1, 2021, Carter was selected by the New York Jets with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Later that day, the Jets selected Michael Carter II with the 154th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL draft from rival school Duke. He signed his four-year rookie contract with the Jets on June 4, 2021.
Carter made his first career start in Week 3 of his rookie season in 2021. He scored his first career touchdown in Week 4 in a 27–24 win over the Tennessee Titans.
He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve on November 27, 2021. He was activated on December 18.
He finished his rookie season with 147 carries for 639 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 36 receptions for 325 receiving yards. He finished fourth among rookies in rushing yards in 2021.