Derek Carr (American football)

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Derek Carr

Carr with Bakersfield Christian HS
Fresno State BulldogsNo. 4
QuarterbackRedshirt Senior
Major: Recreation
Date of birth: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career history
High school: Bakersfield Christian High School,
Bakersfield, California
and Clements High School,
Sugar Land, Texas
 College(s):
  • Fresno State (2009–2013)
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2012 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Derek Carr

Carr with Bakersfield Christian HS
Fresno State BulldogsNo. 4
QuarterbackRedshirt Senior
Major: Recreation
Date of birth: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career history
High school: Bakersfield Christian High School,
Bakersfield, California
and Clements High School,
Sugar Land, Texas
 College(s):
  • Fresno State (2009–2013)
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2012 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year
Stats at ESPN.com

Derek Dallas Carr (born March 28, 1991) is an American football quarterback. He played college football at Fresno State. He is the younger brother of former number one overall pick and fellow Fresno State Bulldog David Carr.

Early years[edit]

Carr was born in Fresno, California, the youngest of three children, to Rodger and Sheryl Carr.[1] He and his family relocated to Sugar Land, Texas in 2002 when his oldest brother, David Carr, became the first overall draft pick of the then-expansion Houston Texans. Carr and his family moved back to Bakersfield, California for his senior year and he attended Bakersfield Christian High School.[2]

Carr's high school football career began at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. After playing on the freshman team his first year, he became a back-up quarterback on the varsity team as a sophomore. He didn't prepare himself to become the starting quarterback, but a preseason injury to another quarterback thrust him into the role.[3]

Carr made gradual progress as a starter with Clements High School. He passed for 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, and 1,622 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.[4] While a junior, Carr led his team to an undefeated 13-0 season (playoffs included) before losing in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Class 5A Division 2 State playoffs in Region 3 to the (also undefeated) Katy High School Tigers, the eventual champions.[5] Also during his junior year, Carr was heavily recruited. His college choices included Fresno State, SMU, Boise State, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Utah. Of these schools, only Fresno State, SMU, and Utah made a scholarship offer towards Carr. Ultimately, he verbally committed to Fresno State on May 25, 2008, at the end of his junior year. Carr was the program's first recruit of the 2009 class.[6]

Meanwhile, in February 2008, Bakersfield Christian High School athletic director and former NFL player Doug Barnett confirmed that Carr would transfer to BCHS, amid rumors that he would've gone to nearby Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with historically good football programs.[7] Ironically, Derek Carr passed on Stockdale High School, the same school where his older brother not only went to for four years,[8] but was even voted "Most Likely to Become Famous".[8]

As a senior, Carr lead the Eagles football team to a 12-1 record and the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Division V championship; the only blemish came at home against Oaks Christian High School, a national football powerhouse, during the team's season opener. On October 29, 2008, Carr was selected by ESPN RISE as the National Football Player of the Week after passing for 441 yards and three touchdowns in a game against Tehachapi High School five days earlier.[9] Carr would eventually set a Central Section record by throwing an unprecedented 544 yards in a win against Arvin High School on November 7, 2008.[10] Carr was also selected by The Bakersfield Californian as the 2008 All-Area Football Player of the Year.[2] After his high school football career finished, Carr was named the National Player of the Year by the National Private Schools Athletic Association in 2009.[11]

College career[edit]

Carr enrolled as an early-entry freshman for the spring semester at Fresno State in 2009 so he could participate in spring football with the Bulldogs.[12] Then-Fresno State head coach Pat Hill stated that Carr, a true freshman, was "in the mix" for the starting quarterback position as late as mid-July.[13] However, days before the 2009 season began in September, Hill announced junior Ryan Colburn would start over Carr.

After red-shirting his 2010 season, Carr took over the starting QB position for Fresno State in the fall of 2011.[14] During his three years as a starter, he threw for 12,843 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.

He wore number 4 as a homage to his favorite NFL player, Brett Favre.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Carr married the former Heather Neel on June 29, 2012.[1] The couple have a son, Dallas (born August 5, 2013),[15] who was born with a medical condition that tied up his intestines and required three surgeries to correct.[16]

Statistics[edit]

High school[edit]

YearTeamGSWCompAttPctYdsTdInt
2006Clements (TX)111188416251.91,246127
2007Clements (TX)14141311720557.11,622168
2008Bakersfield Christian (CA)13131228041367.04,067469
CareerGSWCompAttPctYdsTDInt
3 Years38383348178058.76,9357424

[4] Statistics from Rivals.com

College[edit]

YearTeamGWLCompAttPctYdsTdIntPass Effic.
2009Fresno State540101471.411200138.6
2010Fresno State--------------------
2011Fresno State134927944662.63,544269144.5
2012Fresno State139434451167.34,104377155.9
2013Fresno State1311245465968.95,083508156.3
CareerGLWCompAttPctYdsTDIntPass Effic.
2009 - 2013Fresno State4315281,0871,63066.712,84311324152.9

[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Derek Carr Profile". GoBulldogs.com. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b Ewing, Zach (2008-12-27). "BCHS' Carr honored as All-Area Football Player of the Year". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  3. ^ "David Carr's little brother small but attracting attention". CBS SportsLine.com wire reports. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Recruiting Page on Rivals.com". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  5. ^ "2007 Texas 5A Division 2 State Playoff Bracket". 5atexasfootball.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. [dead link]
  6. ^ Anteola, Bryant-Jon (2008-05-27). "Brother says he'll follow ex-star Carr to Fresno State". The Fresno Bee. 
  7. ^ "BCHS Gets a Younger Carr". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  8. ^ a b "Stockdale Salutes David Carr". khsd.k12.ca.us/stockdale. Retrieved 2009-09-30. [dead link]
  9. ^ "RISE Football Players of the Week". ESPNRISE.com. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Year in review: Thrilling victories, crushing tragedies". The Bakersfield Californian. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ "BCHS' Carr gets national award". The Bakersfield Californian. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  12. ^ Warszawski, Marek (2008-12-14). "Instant Impact? - With no clear-cut QB for '09, the Bulldogs might decide to try Carr as a freshman". The Fresno Bee. 
  13. ^ Ewing, Zach (2009-07-16). "Hill discusses quarterback situation, but won’t reveal starter". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  14. ^ Lyght, Daniel (2009-09-04). "Carr accepts role with 'Dogs - Touted freshman ready for call if needed at QB". The Fresno Bee. 
  15. ^ "Carr returns to practice as new dad". Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ White, David (2013-08-28). "Harrowing Moments Far From the Field". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  17. ^ "Derek Carr". http://espn.go.com.