04/08/2013 - Western Michigan's Alex Carder a late-round possibility...Representatives from five NFL teams - including Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and New York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee - gathered at Western Michigan's pro day on March 12, where a workout was held indoors on FieldTurf.
Alex Carder, QB (6-foot-1 7/8, 216 pounds) - Carder - who was not at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 and 4.92 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds. He threw the ball well at the pro day.
Carder is most likely a priority free-agent pickup candidate following the 2013 NFL Draft, but could be selected late in the draft. I think in the last round that teams are going to go after quarterbacks such as Carder to see what kind of players they can be in the NFL. No quarterback from Western Michigan has ever been drafted, but the school has produced notable NFL players such as Greg Jennings, Louis Delmas, Tony Scheffler and Jason Babin. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
11/17/2012 - Western Michigan has fired football coach Bill Cubit with one year left on his contract. The move was made Saturday after the Broncos closed the season with a 29-23 loss to Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan was 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference this season. Cubit was 51-47 in eight seasons and led the program to three bowl games. - AP Sports
10/16/2012 - QB Alex Carder suffered a hand injury in the week four game vs. UConn that required surgery and has not played since. The senior remains doubtful heading into week eight. Backup Tyler Van Tubbergen is starting in his place. - College Injury Report
09/22/2012 - Alex Carder threw for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead Western Michigan to a 30-24 win over Connecticut on Saturday. It marks the second straight season the Broncos (2-2), from the Mid-American Conference, have defeated Connecticut (2-2), from the Big East. Carder completed 18 of 34 passes before leaving the game late in the third quarter after hitting his throwing hand on a helmet. Josh Schaffer caught six of Carder's passes for 104 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that put Western Michigan ahead 24-7. Chandler Whitmer was 28 of 44 for 333 yards passing and three touchdowns for Connecticut. Lyle McCombs rushed for 119 yards while Geremy Davis caught nine passes for 123 yards for the Huskies. Connecticut pulled within 24-17 on a 2-yard pass from Whitmer to John Delahunt and a 32-yard field goal from Chad Cristin midway through the fourth quarter. But on the Huskies' next drive, Desmond Bozeman returned a Whitmer fumble 53 yards for a touchdown. It was the Broncos' first fumble recovery for a touchdown in three years. The score also pushed Western Michigan past the 10,000-point total in team history. Whitmer added a 7-yard TD pass to Davis with 54 seconds to play, but the Broncos recovered the onside kick. - AP Sports
09/09/2012 - Alex Carder threw five touchdown passes, four in the second quarter to help his team pull away, as Western Michigan coasted to a 52-21 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Carder completed 29 of 40 passes for 364 yards. Jaime Wilson caught 11 passes for 154 yards and two TDs, and Blake Hammond had six receptions for 94 yards with a pair of scores. Western Michigan (1-1) came through on defense by sacking Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo four times. He completed 15 of 32 passes for 225 yards and a TD. Western Michigan had 631 yards total offense and kept the ball moving most of the night, converting 10 of 16 third-down situations. Eastern Illinois (1-1) was just 2 of 15. - AP Sports
08/06/2012 - CBSSports.com 2012 Preseason All-MAC Team, Quarterback: Alex Carder, Western Michigan - Carder is coming off a junior season in which he completed 66% of his passes for 3,873 yards and 31 touchdowns, which was good enough to earn him a selection to the All-MAC second team. This season he's bound to move up to the first team as the best passing quarterback in the conference. He'll also be looking to lead the Broncos to a MAC title. Also considered: Carder may be the best quarterback in the conference, but not by much. Players like Ohio's Tyler Tettleton, Miami's Zac Dysert and the Toledo duo of Terrance Owens and Austin Dantin will push him for the spot. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Alex Carder, Western Michigan...Carder has been one of the MAC's top quarterbacks over the last two years and had five games of at least 400 passing yards last season. He also set a Western Michigan single-season record with 3,873 passing yards in 2011. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Alex Carder, senior, QB, Western Michigan, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Carder joins Buffalo's Branden Oliver on the list representing the MAC on the 50-man watch list. The Shawnee, Kan., native, who was one of a handful of college QB's invited to serve as counselors at the 2012 Manning Passing Academy, was named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list earlier this week. Carder is the nation's top returning QB in terms of total offense heading into 2012, having averaged 345.25 yards per game as a junior. He threw for 400 yards in a game a program best five times in 2011 en route to setting WMU's mark for passing yards in a season at 3,873 yards. - Western Michigan football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alex Carder, Western Michigan, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Carder is one of only two Mid-American Conference quarterbacks on the list in 2012 and one of seven QB's not in BCS AQ conferences. The Shawnee, Kan., native rewrote the passing record book in 2011, throwing for a program best 3,873 yards as a junior, including the two most prolific passing games in school history with 479 yards at Connecticut and 548 at Toledo. His seven TD passes at Toledo tied a MAC record and set a new Bronco mark. Carder finished last year ranked fifth in total offense (345.25 ypg) and sixth in passing (27.50 comp/g). He enters the 2012 season has the nation's top returning QB in total offense and second behind only Texas Tech's Seth Doege in passing. Carder is one of three WMU Broncos to earn a spot on a preseason watch list thus far in 2012, joining Johnnie Simon (Jim Thorpe Award) and Kevin Galeher (Rimington Trophy). - Western Michigan football