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2015 NFL DRAFT

Tank Carder, ILB

School: TCU  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Sweeny, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 236 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
16465
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 5/147 - Tank Carder, ILB, 6-3, 237, Texas Christian...Colorful, tough athlete, very instinctive, stock rose with good workouts. Depth candidate who can play every linebacker spot. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Bills acquired one of the draft's more inspirational players and a member of the All-Name Team in Tank Carder, a linebacker from TCU. The former BMX cycle champion who also overcame serious injuries in a car accident, earned his nickname as a baby. "A family friend started calling me 'Tank' and I responded to it," Carder said. "I was like 33 pounds when I was 18 months old." His given name? Ricky, Jr., after his dad. - The Sports Xchange

03/09/2012 - Fourteen former Horned Frogs worked out for NFL scouts at Friday's TCU Pro Day. The day began with measurements and bench press reps in the Frogs' new Physical Performance Center before moving to the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility for timings and various drills. The following players participated: tight end Logan Brock, defensive end Braylon Broughton, linebacker Tank Carder, safety Tekerrein Cuba, offensive tackle Robert Deck, offensive guard Kyle Dooley, safety Johnny Fobbs, linebacker Kris Gardner, wide receiver Antoine Hicks, wide receiver Jonathan Jones, punter Anson Kelton, cornerback/return specialist Greg McCoy, offensive tackle Jeff Olson and cornerback Jason Teague. Former TCU standouts and current NFL players Marcus Cannon (New England Patriots), Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals), Colin Jones (San Francisco 49ers), Jeremy Kerley (New York Jets), Jake Kirkpatrick (Indianapolis Colts), Marshall Newhouse (Green Bay Packers), Daryl Washington (Arizona Cardinals) and Malcolm Williams (New England Patriots) were in attendance to support their former teammates. Dalton was the quarterback at Pro Day for the TCU tight ends and wide receivers who ran pass routes. During his 11-year tenure as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has had 29 players drafted with 60 in NFL camps. Sixteen former TCU players are currently on NFL rosters. - TCU football

03/06/2012 - SCOUTS IDENTIFY 5 UNDERRATED COMBINE PERFORMERS: ILB Tank Carder, TCU: Much like Boston College's Luke Kuechly, Carder has been type-cast as an instinctive, high-motor defender throughout his career but the two-time defending Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year proved to be a much better all-around athlete at the Combine than anyone expected. The 6-2, 236 pound Carder clocked in a sub 4.70 time in the 40-yard dash (4.69 seconds officially) and demonstrated his agility in the three-cone (6.89) and short-shuttle drills (4.18) that some teams place a great deal of value in when scouting linebackers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/21/2011 - Scouting the TCU run defense: Louisiana Tech senior RB Lennon Creer will be hard-pressed to get the 162 rushing yards he needs to reach 1,000 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. TCU's rush defense may not have put up the same numbers as in 2010, but it still stifled opposing teams throughout the year, allowing just 126.1 rushing yards per game, second best in the MWC. Four TCU players LBs Kenny Cain and Tank Carder and Ss Tekerrein Cuba and Johnny Fobbs finished the regular season with between 61 and 67 tackles. They all chip in on run support and were a big reason why, with the exception of Air Force's triple option attack, no team rushed for more than 160 yards on TCU this season. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Tank Carder, Sr., TCU, has been selected All-Mountain West Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the eight head coaches and select media panel. Carder is the MW Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Combined with two-time consensus first-team All-American Jerry Hughes in 2008 and 2009, TCU has had the MW's Defensive Player of the Year each of the last four seasons. Last year's Rose Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player, Carder has 66 tackles with 4 1/2 for loss. He's returned both his interceptions for touchdowns. His three career picks for scores place first all-time at TCU. - TCU football

12/06/2011 - 2011 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tank Carder, Sr., LB, TCU: Carder is the fourth player in league history to win back-to-back Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors (Kirk Morrison, LB, San Diego State, 2003-04; Eric Weddle, DB, Utah, 2005-06; Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU, 2008-09)...Recorded 66 tackles (41 solo) though 12 games this season...Notched two interceptions (both for touchdowns) and 4.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) in the regular season. Also has registered four pass breakups during his senior campaign...Named MW Defensive Player of the Week once in 2011 (Nov. 20)...Anchors a TCU defense that is ranked 29th in the nation in rushing defense (126.1 yards per game), 30th in scoring defense (21.25 points per game), 32nd in total defense (346.3 yards per game) and 56th in pass defense (220.2 yards per game). - Mountain West football

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tank Carder, TCU, Senior, Linebacker, returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and tied a season-high with nine tackles (one for loss) in TCU's 34-10 win over Colorado State. Carder now has two interception return TDs for the season and three for his career, ranking third in the Mountain West in both categories. His 69-yard return was TCU's longest interception return for a touchdown since Quincy Butler went 99 yards against Southern Mississippi in 2004. - Mountain West football

09/15/2011 - STILL NEEDS WORK: The TCU defense was embarrassed in its Sept. 2 opening loss at Baylor because of its general inability to stop the passing game. This week, the defense showed a different vulnerability in allowing 249 rushing yards. Sure Air Force is year-in and year-out one of the nation's leading rushing teams with its respected triple-option offense. But TCU hadn't given up that many rushing yards since 2004. Star LB Tanner Brock was back in Fort Worth nursing a foot injury during the Air Force game and that was a big part of the problem. The bigger issue is that the TCU defense, which led the nation for three straight years in total defense, simply hasn't looked like itself for two straight weeks. Air Force never threatened the Horned Frogs, but the stats don't lie. TCU is giving up too many yards and points. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Tank Carder - The All-America candidate had just two tackles in 2010 against Air Force and he wasn't exactly lights out last week against Baylor. The defensive leader wants to set the tone this week and try to convince people the Baylor game was a fluke and defense still reigns supreme at TCU. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Horned Frogs defense showed extreme vulnerability in the secondary in last week's loss to Baylor. The corners couldn't stop wide receivers in single coverage and the safeties simply weren't able to do much either. While some might suggest a Week 2 opponent like Air Force and its triple option based offense would be a good sign, there is still plenty of concern considering the Falcons have a savvy senior QB in Tim Jefferson who has led the service academy to three straight bowl games. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - What Patterson seems most relaxed about is knowing his defense will again be up to the task of being the identity of the program after leading the nation in total defense each of the past three seasons, even if repeating that distinction isn't among the specific team goals. "We're not going to get so caught up in we werere (the top ranked defense for three straight seasons) that we're just going to say this is what we do," Patterson said. "No. That's not happening, that's never happened here." Instead, Patterson said the defense will reinvent itself based on its personnel as it has done every year. And that starts this Friday at Baylor, which is why Patterson is sporting a smile once again after a long offseason out of his element. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The TCU defense has led not only the Mountain West Conference but the nation in total defense for three consecutive seasons. Head coach Gary Patterson won't say that's the goal this year, just that the players know the tradition they are expected to carry on that side of the ball. The 4-2-5 scheme will be led in the middle by All-Conference and All-American candidalte LBs Tank Carder and Tanner Brock. If the TCU defensive front, namely LE Stansly Maponga, can generate a consistent pass rush, everything else seems to fall in place for the defense, but the NFL-caliber talent and heart of the defense still rests at those two linebacker positions. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - There are plenty of skill-position stars on offense and a defense that, despite having to essentially replace the entire secondary, also has plenty of talent returning, including All-America candidate and Mountain West Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Tank Carder at linebacker. That defense, in fact, has led the nation in total defense for three straight years and could set an NCAA record if it pulls that off for a fourth-consecutive season this fall. TCU has led the nation in total defense for three consecutive seasons, matching only Toledo (1969-71) and Oklahoma (1985-87) with that feat. No team has ever led that statistical category in four consecutive seasons. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Gary Patterson is big on getting a jump on things early. That is why he started his press conference at the Mountain West Conference media event July 26 by asking the question every reporter in the room was planning on asking. "How do you repeat after a Rose Bowl?" Patterson asked the reporters. The truth is, by July, or better yet, even by the time spring drills began, Patterson made it clear that as special as 2010 was, there wasn't going to be much talk of last year around this year's team. It's a message his team has received loud and clear. "We can't talk about the Rose Bowl anymore or last season," senior linebacker Tank Carder said during an online chat with fans during the media day event. "This is a different team. We need to keep their mind focused on this year's task and what needs to be achieved." There are plenty of new faces, at least new faces in starting roles, for this year's TCU squad, so turning the page on the dream season may not be too hard. There are 11 players returning who have been regular starters. But there is no more intrigue about any position than there is at quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): LB Tank Carder, Sr., TCU, has been selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by members of the Mountain West Conference media. A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder was a first-team All-American, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player last season. He posted 60 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. - TCU football

07/28/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): A senior hailing from Sweeny, Texas, Tank Carder posted 60 tackles (37 solo) last year, including 9.5 for loss (-31 yards). He totaled 3.5 sacks (-20 yards), five pass breakups and an interception for TCU en route to being named the 2010 MW Defensive Player of the Year. - Mountain West football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, LB, TCU, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Carder, a consensus preseason All-American, has also been named to watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Dick Butkus Award and Lott Trophy. A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder posted 60 tackles last season, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. - TCU football

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, TCU, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder was a first-team All-American, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player last season. He posted 60 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. - TCU football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, LB, TCU, (1st Team All-MWC, 2011 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, TCU, LB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder posted 60 tackles in 2010, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. In the 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Carder broke up the Badgers' potential game-tying 2-point pass with exactly two minutes to play. He totaled six tackles in the contest, including three for loss with a sack. - TCU football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, TCU, LB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder was a first-team All-American, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player last season. He posted 60 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. In the 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Carder broke up the Badgers' potential game-tying 2-point pass with exactly two minutes to play. He totaled six tackles in the contest, including three for loss with a sack. - TCU football

06/08/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: LB Tank Carder - His stats didn't jump off the page in 2010, but he was the glue for the Horned Frogs defense. It wasn't any big surprise to TCU fans that it was Carder who stepped up and made the Rose Bowl's game-saving play, batting down a two-point conversion with two minutes left in the game to earn Defensive MVP honors in arguably the biggest game in program history. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Tank Carder, TCU, LB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. A rising senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder has been instrumental in TCU leading the nation in total defense each of the last three seasons. He posted 60 tackles last year, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. In the 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Carder broke up the Badgers' potential game-tying 2-point pass with exactly two minutes to play. He totaled six tackles in the contest, including three for loss with a sack. After TCU took a 21-13 lead on its opening possession of the second half, Wisconsin drove to the Horned Frogs' 37 on its ensuring series. On a third-and-6, Carder recorded a sack for an 8-yard loss. - TCU football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 5/147 - Tank Carder, ILB, 6-3, 237, Texas Christian...Colorful, tough athlete, very instinctive, stock rose with good workouts. Depth candidate who can play every linebacker spot. - The Sports Xchange

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