05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 2/36 - Derek Carr, QB, 6-2, 215, Fresno State...The company line is Carr will come to camp and play behind Matt Schaub while he learns the pro game. That could change if Schaub carries the struggles of his last year in Houston to Oakland. One problem: Carr has taken only a handful of snaps from under center in the last two years. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Quarterback Derek Carr, thought to be a possibility in the first round, was pleased to find himself a Raider at No. 36 in the second round. Carr felt he connected with the Raiders' coaching staff during his Pro Day and a private visit. There was speculation the Raiders might trade back in the first round and select Carr, but instead they seized the opportunity to take Mack at No. 5. When the Raiders' turn came around at No. 36, Carr realized his time may have come. "I knew how they felt about me," Carr said. "They were very open with that. When I saw their pick coming back up, I didn't know what they were going to do or if they were going to do it, but I'm glad they did."
Carr, whose infant son nearly died from an intestinal issue early in his senior year, said he was unaffected by critics who said he thrived in a gimmick spread offense. "I don't respond to that stuff. I just keep my head down and work," Carr said. "I've dealt with too much adversity in my life with my son and my family to let anything that anyone has to say about me as a football player in this game affect me." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 28/4. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, 6-2, 214, 4.67, 1-2...The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr (Houston, 2002), but wears No. 4 in honor of Brett Favre, whose never-quit attitude he admires. Like his brother, Derek has an NFL-caliber arm, although not quite as strong as Favre's. Derek has better overall athleticism than either of them. In 2013 Carr led the nation in total offensive yards (4,983), total passing yards (4,866), passing yards per game (405.5), passing touchdowns (48), completions per game (35.33), touchdowns responsible for (50), total points responsible for (302) and points responsible for per game (25.2).
Frankly: Perhaps the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft is underrated because of guilt by familial association. Can make all the throws, but needs to improve footwork. Derek is not David, but together they can help the younger brother avoid the mistakes of the older one. So try this -- Draft Derek, sign David (now a free agent) and let them work it out. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Derek Carr, Fresno State, 6-2, 214, 4.69...The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr (Houston, 2002), but wears No. 4 in honor of Brett Favre, whose never-quit attitude he admires. Like his brother, Derek has an NFL-caliber arm, although not quite as strong as Favre's. He has better overall athleticism than either of them. In 2013 Carr led the nation in total offensive yards (4,983), total passing yards (4,866), passing yards per game (405.5), passing touchdowns (48), completions per game (35.33), touchdowns responsible for (50), total points responsible for (302) and points responsible for per game (25.2).
Frankly: Perhaps the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft is underrated because of guilt by familial association. Derek is not David, but together they can help the younger brother avoid the mistakes of the older one. Draft Derek, sign David (now a free agent) and let them work it out. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 26. Derek Carr QB, Fresno State (6-2, 214, 4.69, rSR)...David Carr's little brother, Carr has top-shelf arm strength with the ability to make every NFL throw needed. His issues with pressure and footwork are easy to see, but he is ultracompetitive with enough size and mobility to be a consistent NFL starter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/03/2014 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...1. While Fales and Thomas showed off intriguing traits during their respective Pro Days, the best performance from a quarterback so far may have been turned in by Fresno State's Derek Carr, whose sparkling session March 20 was all the more impressive given that he woke up nauseous and took an IV from trainers prior to throwing for scouts. Carr's impressive throwing session looks all the more impressive given that two of the underclassmen ranked above him on NFLDraftScout.com's board were unable to distance themselves from the competition. Central Florida's Bortles showed significant improvement in his footwork and overall accuracy, earning a solid "B" from one scout in attendance, but struggles with the deep ball may be enough to force the Houston Texans to look elsewhere with the No. 1 overall selection.
Bortles' performance, however, was better than Bridgewater's, whose disappointing throwing session March 17 certainly raises red flags. Lighter than expected and throwing without the gloves with which he'd used throughout his career, Bridgewater pushed rather than passed the ball, too often forcing receivers to adjust. Given the accuracy and command he's shown over the past three seasons, Bridgewater remains NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback. Given the blue chip talent at other positions and the depth at quarterback, that doesn't mean that Bridgwater, Bortles or any of the other quarterbacks are necessarily a guarantee to be selected among the top 10. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Day: Despite nausea, Derek Carr 'didn't have a bad throw'...While virtually all of the focus on quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL draft has centered on the "Big Three" trio of underclassmen, Fresno State senior Derek Carr quietly ranks as a high first round candidate for a number of teams. On Thursday, Carr had the opportunity to show off his powerful right arm in front of scouts representing 23 NFL teams. I'm told Carr shined, completing 56 of 63 passes in a scripted workout that "demonstrated everything you hope to see," according to a veteran scout attending the throwing session.According to the scout, Carr "didn't have a bad throw." His only incompletions were deep balls and a few drops.
Among those also on hand for the workout was a large contingent from the Oakland Raiders, including general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen. Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner also attended Thursday's Pro Day. I project Carr to be selected by Spielman and the Vikings with the No. 8 overall selection in my latest mock draft. Given how well he threw Thursday, I'm not sure he'll be available to them. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Day: Despite nausea, Derek Carr 'didn't have a bad throw'...The reigning two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year boasts a Matthew Stafford-like arm. Further, he's proven his ability to adjust to different offenses, starring in a traditional pro-style attack for the Bulldogs early in his career under then-head coach Pat Hill as well as the spread attack that Tim DeRuyter brought from Texas A&M.While the buzz might have focused on Carr, his top pass-catchers also turned heads during Thursday's workout.Wideout Davante Adams was clocked in the high 4.4s to low 4.5s in the 40-yard dash on Thursday. The 6-1. 212-pound redshirt sophomore was credited with a 4.56 in this event in Indianapolis. Adams showed off the strong hands which helped him lead the country this past season with 24 touchdowns during positional drills, snatching passes away from his body.Tight end Marcel Jensen also helped his cause with an impressive workout, shaving a few hundredths of a second off of his Combine 40-yard dash and short shuttle times with a 4.82 and 4.45, respectively. The 6-6, 259 pounder clearly has the NFL intrigued as evidenced by the fact that he met with two teams last night and has a private workout already scheduled for Friday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Day: Despite nausea, Derek Carr 'didn't have a bad throw'...Carr's sterling performance is all the more impressive considering that he spent much of the morning in discomfort. According to a source close to the Bulldogs, Carr woke up vomiting this morning at 5 a.m. To replenish his fluids Carr was given an IV by Fresno's trainers. Despite being sick, Carr was adamant about competing. Though his late illness obviously could have complicated matters, Carr's impressive workout is hardly a surprise. The younger brother of 2002 No. 1 overall selection David Carr, Derek enjoyed a spectacular 2013 season in which he led the nation in passing yards (5,082) and touchdowns (50).
Carr went on to further distance himself from the rest of the upperclassmen quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. He cited his strong performance in Mobile as a reason for not throwing at the Combine, though he did compete in most of the timed drills. Any question about Carr's athleticism was erased when the 6-foot-2 (3/8), 214 pound quarterback was electronically timed at 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- just a hundredth of a second slower than Johnny Manziel. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 29. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, 6-2, 215, 4.78, 1-2...The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr (Houston, 2002), but wears No. 4 in honor of Brett Favre, whose never-quit attitude he admires. Like his brother, Derek an NFL-caliber arm, although not quite as strong as Favre's. Has better overall athleticism than either of them. In 2013 led the nation in total offense (4,983), total passing yards (4,866), passing yards per game (405.5), passing touchdowns (48) completions per game (35.33), touchdowns responsible for (50), total points responsible for (302) and points responsible for per game (25.2). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: Bridgewater may throw; Carr waiting until Pro Day...A strong performance during Sunday's quarterback drills could make a favorable impression on scouts, who likely were disappointed to learn that Fresno State's Derek Carr will be joining Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel in electing to wait until his Pro Day to compete. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Carr elected not to participate at the Combine after earning positive reviews for his performance at the Senior Bowl. Instead, Carr will be participating at Fresno State's Pro Day, March 20. Manziel's Pro Day is scheduled one week later. At this point, Central Florida's Blake Bortles is the only quarterback with a first-round grade who has announced his plans to throw in Indianapolis. Two of the more gifted passers from the senior class -- LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Georgia's Aaron Murray -- won't be able to participate this weekend as they recover from surgery to repair a torn ACL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...1. Of the South's quarterbacks, Fresno State's Derek Carr unquestionably possesses the best arm. The ball explodes out of his hand and caught a few of his new teammates by surprise with how quickly it got to them. Carr showed good anticipation, often delivering passes before his receivers turned back to look for the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Tuesday...As expected, Fresno State QB Derek Carr has clearly separated himself as the top passer in Mobile with his top-shelf arm strength, athleticism and overall feel for the game. He hasn't been perfect and needs to iron out a few of his bad habits, but the arm talent and competitive drive are there for him to be a starter in the league. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, QUARTERBACK: Top player: Derek Carr, Fresno State...A possible first round pick, Carr has elite velocity as a passer and can make every throw on the football field. He needs to improve his pocket tolerance and mechanics, but Carr has the mobility, arm strength and football instincts that makes him an appealing prospect. He should shine in Mobile. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/2014 - National passing champion Derek Carr of Fresno State wasn't at his best against Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl, but he finished the season with 50 touchdown passes. That's the most since Oklahoma's Sam Bradford threw 50 in 2008. Carr was the only quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards, averaging 391 yards a game on 69 percent accuracy. Carr threw just eight interceptions in 659 attempts. Only Connor Halliday of Washington State threw more passes, and he was intercepted 22 times. - AP Sports
12/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...Complete NFL-caliber throws...Carr entered this game leading the country with 4,866 passing yards and 48 touchdowns but there is no question that his statistics are inflated by Fresno State's pass-happy spread attack. While the screen passes Carr often throws in this scheme are becoming increasingly en vogue in today's NFL, scouts wanted to see the 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback attempt and complete NFL-caliber throws against this talented defense.
Carr showed off his arm talent early, lofting a beautiful fade over the right shoulder of his favorite target, redshirt sophomore Davante Adams, for a gain of 14 yards on his first attempt of the game. A few plays later, Carr showed off the fastball to go along with his changeup, drilling a quick slant to Isaiah Burse for an 8-yard touchdown to tie the game. His second touchdown of the game - a 23-yard fade to Adams in the third quarter - was accurate but effective in part due to his wideout making a nice adjustment to the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...While Carr teased with some impressive throws, he also misfired several occasions, including on two potential touchdowns. Each were overthrows against man coverage; the first missing a wide-open Burse in the right corner of the end zone one play before hitting him on the slant for the score. Carr also led Adams too far in the second and third quarters. In each case, Adams had broken free with a terrific combo routes. Carr's brilliant senior campaign was the primary reason for Fresno State winning the Mountain West title and earning the Vegas Bowl berth. To earn a spot in the first round, as Dane Brugler and I currently project, however, Carr will need a more impressive performance in Mobile, Ala. in the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...Maintain Composure Against the Rush...He absorbed a significant hit in the second quarter that caused him to get up holding his left shoulder in obvious pain. Carr got back up to make one of his most impressive throws of the game (rolling right to hit a quick out) but the pressure clearly had an effect on Carr, who seemed as uncomfortable in the pocket as he's been all year long. Carr rushed several passes, frequently staring down and overthrowing targets. This was the case on his third quarter interception in which he forced a throw into the left corner of the end zone towards Adams and saw it picked off by USC's talented defensive back, Josh Shaw.
Carr threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns against one interception on the day. His numbers look better on paper, however, than they were in reality. Carr attempted 55 passes on the afternoon, averaging just 3.9 yards per completion. USC's Cody Kessler, on the other hand, averaged 11.1 over his 31 attempts and threw four touchdowns. The Bulldogs converted just 2/13 third downs and were 1/3 on fourth down. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...Maintain Composure Against the Rush...Fresno State entered this game having surrendered just 11 sacks in 12 games so scouts wanted to see how Carr would handle a defensive front that would put pressure on him immediately. The talented Trojans happily obliged, with defensive linemen Leonard Williams and George Uko frequently crashing through the line of scrimmage and former NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergrast hurling various exotic blitzes at the Bulldogs' overmatched offensive line. Despite taking virtually every snap out of the shotgun, Carr frequently was forced to roll to his right to avoid pressure. Though he wasn't sacked in this contest, Carr was consistently harassed. He showcased the ability to square his shoulders and fire passes with velocity and accuracy but could not break free to gain yardage on his own. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...With three full seasons as Fresno State's starting quarterback, Derek Carr entered Saturday's Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl matchup against the USC Trojans already boasting plenty of quality tape for NFL scouts to evaluate. Due to the quality of his opponent and the inherent pressure of this being his final game leading the Bulldogs, however, Saturday's matchup with the Trojans was as important to his final evaluation as any game over his career. While the outcome is always important, scouts won't knock Carr for the Bulldogs losing 45-20 to a USC squad clearly holding an advantage in talent. He certainly won't quiet critics, however, with a final performance that raised more questions than provided answers - including in two areas critical for success at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Derek Carr has totaled 12,626 passing yards and 111 touchdowns in his Fresno State career. He is having one of his most productive seasons, passing for 4,866 yards and 48 touchdowns. NFL scouts love his strong, accurate arm, field awareness and vision. A drop-back passer, Carr does not have the mobility to keep a strong defensive front like USC honest. He has been sacked 11 times this season. - The Sports Xchange
12/18/2013 - 2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State,...Carr leads the nation in passing TDs (48), total offense (4,983), total passing yards (4,866), passing yards per game (405.5), completions per game (35.33), touchdown responsibility (50), total point responsibility (302) and point responsibility per game (25.2). He needs 134 yards passing and two TD passes to become the fourth quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season and have 50 or more touchdown passes. - Fresno State football
12/10/2013 - 2013 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State...Two-time MW Offensive Player of the Year honoree and third player in league history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons (Colorado State QB Bradlee Van Pelt in 2002 and 2003; TCU QB Andy Dalton in 2009 and 2010)...Sixth straight quarterback, and 12th overall, to be named MW Offensive Player of the Year...10th player in Fresno State history to be garner conference offensive player of the year accolades...Leads the nation in total offense yards (4,983), total passing yards (4,866), passing yards per game (405.5), passing touchdowns (48), completions per game (35.33), touchdown responsibility (48), total point responsibility (302) and point responsibility per game (25.2).
Set a new MW record with 306 consecutive pass attempts without an interception from Oct. 5-Nov. 29, 2013 and also had 180-straight passes without throwing a pick from Aug. 29-Sept. 28, 2013...Re-set his own league records for total offense yards, total offense plays (645), passing yards, and pass completions (424). Carr's previous records for those categories were all set in 2012 (4,105 total offense yards, 577 total offense plays, 4,104 passing yards and 344 pass completions)...Established new league records for passing touchdowns and pass attempts. Boise State's Kellen Moore held the previous MW record for most passing TDs in a single season with 43 in 2011, while BYU's John Beck owned the former mark for pass attempts with 513 in 2005. - Mountain West football
12/08/2013 - All the records and accolades Derek Carr earned became secondary in a sea of red at Bulldog Stadium when fans poured out of the stands to celebrate a long-awaited conference championship. Carr threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 24 Fresno State's defense bounced back from a rough performance to help the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. ''This is a big reason why I came back,'' Carr said. ''I wanted to win an outright championship. Sharing a title was great. As a competitor that wasn't enough. We wanted to come back and finish this thing right.''
Carr was far from his best against the stingy defense from Utah State (8-5), matching his career worst with two interceptions. But it was the much-maligned Fresno State defense that stepped up for a change, giving the Bulldogs (11-1) their first outright conference title since winning the Big West in 1989. One week after being completely overmatched in a 62-52 loss to San Jose State that dashed any hopes of a BCS bid, Fresno State's defense responded with one of its best performances of the season. The Bulldogs had eight sacks, knocked out freshman quarterback Darell Garretson and stopped three fourth-down tries. - AP Sports
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fales outshines Carr in battle of star QBs...Carr completed 38 of 50 passes for 519 yards and six touchdowns. Carr, however, did most of his damage in the first half and underthrew a pass in the fourth quarter that was intercepted as the Bulldogs attempted a comeback. While neither defense is exactly loaded with future NFL All-Pros, Friday's showdown of Mountain West Conference quarterbacks wasn't a case of spread offenses beating overmatched defenses with scheme or speed. In this case, it was pure surgery from two of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country.
Carr, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior quarterback and the first player at his position to accept an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl, was dazzling throughout much of this contest. Demonstrating a combination of arm strength, accuracy and underrated athleticism, Carr showed the form to warrant his ascent to No. 12 overall on my Big Board. Perhaps the most underrated element of Carr's game is his athleticism. Taking the snap from shotgun on virtually every snap, Carr didn't have to avoid pressure often. When he did, however, Carr showed good vision, lateral agility and speed to elude. He kept his eyes downfield and completed passes when receivers were able to break open late but also showed the decisiveness to scramble when easy yards were available. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fales outshines Carr in battle of star QBs...One six-yard scramble for a first down midway through the second quarter was particularly impressive. While the play, which came on 2nd and 5, may not look like much on the stat-sheet, Carr first drifted back, then to his left where he tight-roped the sideline, before breaking back to his right to out-race SJSU defenders up the middle before sliding down safely for the "easy" gain.
The strong-armed senior has always had the zip to wow scouts, demonstrating a Jay Cutler-like fastball. Seemingly every time the Bulldogs needed a big play, Carr was able to hit redshirt sophomore wideout Davante Adams with a deep out or stop-fade. The passes, thrown before his receiver had made his break, were on time and on target, making the tough throws scouts often use as a barometer for quarterbacks look easy. Further, Carr has made strides this season with touch passes. Some of his most impressive throws on the day, in fact, were fades to either direction for touchdowns in the corners of the end zone.
Because it was the only interception thrown in the game, Carr's mistake will unfortunately be magnified. It wasn't a poor decision but was underthrown. SJSU linebacker Keith Smith read the play and timed his leap well, latching on to the ball in front of Adams, the intended receiver. The timing of the turnover was key, however, as the Bulldogs were down 59-44 with 10:47 remaining in the game. It was Carr's first interception in 306 passing attempts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2013 - Speaking of Carr, it's about time he was included in the Heisman finalist discussion. The Fresno State senior leads the nation with 39 passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards (3,948), averaging 394.8 yards per game. Carr is completing 69.7 percent of his passes (350 for 502) while throwing only four interceptions this season. And oh yeah, his Bulldogs are undefeated and might earn a spot in a BCS game. Whether or not he should win is a different conversation, but, in my opinion, the future first-rounder has at least earned a ticket to New York City. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Derek Carr, Fresno State, threw for 527 yards and a school-record seven TDs in his final regular-season home game to help the No. 15 Bulldogs clinch a spot in the Mountain West title game with a 69-28 victory over New Mexico. - AP Sports
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DEREK CARR, FRESNO STATE, Senior, QB, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS...Was 27-of-37 passing for 527 yards with seven touchdowns as No. 13/16 Fresno State defeated New Mexico 69-28. The 527 passing yards established a new MW senior class record and are the fourth-most in a single game in MW history...The seven touchdown passes set a new school record and equaled the Mountain West record (Brett Smith also had seven TD passes on Saturday) and is tied for the single-game high in the FBS this season.
Three of his seven TDs were over 57 yards, and five of the seven went for 39 yards or longer...Carr did not throw an interception in the game, stretching his MW- and school-record streak to 266 consecutive pass attempts without an interception...Added six rushing yards to finish with 553 yards of total offense, which set a MW senior class single-game record and ranks as the third highest total in Conference history. - Mountain West football
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS CO-OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Derek Carr (Fresno State)...Carr was 27-of-37 passing for 527 yards with seven touchdowns as No. 13/16 Fresno State defeated New Mexico 69-28. The 527 passing yards established a new MW senior class record and are the fourth-most in a single game in MW history...The seven touchdown passes set a new school record and equaled the Mountain West record (Brett Smith also had seven TD passes on Saturday) and is tied for the single-game high in the FBS this season. - Fresno State football/College Football Performance Awards
11/24/2013 - Senior quarterback Derek Carr moved No. 15 Fresno State one step closer to a long-awaited BCS bowl bid, leading the unbeaten Bulldogs to a 69-28 victory over New Mexico on Saturday before a sellout crowd at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs clinched the Mountain West Conference West Division title and secured their place in the first Mountain West championship game, setting up a likely rematch with Boise State on Dec. 7 in Fresno. The Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 MWC) have won 15 consecutive regular-season games, 12 in a row at home and 12 straight against Mountain West competition.
The Lobos (3-7, 1-5) have lost five of six since beating rival New Mexico State on Oct. 5. Carr, a three-year starter and projected first-round NFL draft pick who was recently named a finalist for the Walter Camp Award, was sensational for Fresno State. In three quarters, he completed 27 of 37 passes for a season-high 527 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, nearly eclipsing his career high of 536 yards against San Diego State in 2012. He has attempted 266 passes in the past five games without throwing an interception. The Bulldogs accumulated 830 yards of total offense and led 35-0 after amassing 418 yards in the first half. Carr was 17-of-21 passing for 309 yards and three touchdowns in the opening half. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 11 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State...With its win over Wyoming Saturday night, Fresno State is 9-0, which matches the Bulldogs' win total from last season and has them poised for a run at a BCS bowl game. And the main reason behind the team's success is Carr, who has been fantastic in 2013 and is my top senior quarterback for the 2014 NFL Draft. And he showed why against Wyoming this past weekend, finishing 33-for-46 (71.7%) for 360 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Carr was on-point most of the night with his quick feet to avoid the rush and top-shelf arm strength to sling the ball all over the field, making NFL throw after NFL throw. He displayed his astute ability to read coverages and recognize pressure at the line of scrimmage with several pre-snap adjustments based on obvious film study. That mental preparation paired with his above average arm talent are why I think there's a great chance he will be a top-10 pick next May. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/10/2013 - Fresno State failed to score in the first quarter for the first time this season. Then the Bulldogs more than made up for it the rest of the game. Derek Carr threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns, Josh Quezada rushed for 105 yards and a score, and No. 17 Fresno State scored 48 unanswered points in beating Wyoming 48-10 Saturday night. Fresno State (9-0, 6-0 Mountain West) is one of six undefeated Top 25 teams. The Bulldogs, seeking a coveted BCS bowl, are joined by No. 22 Northern Illinois as the only ranked and unbeaten teams not in the Top 5 where Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor reside.
Still, coach Tim DeRuyter is aware of the skepticism among poll voters that dogs the Bulldogs. ''I know there's that talk, 'Hey, they're only sneaking by people' or whatever, but that really wasn't our goal today,'' DeRuyter said. ''Our goal today was just play as well as we can, and we didn't early. And give Wyoming credit for that. But I thought the last three quarters of the game we played pretty well.'' Wyoming (4-5, 2-3) is 0-15 against ranked teams under fifth-year coach Dave Christensen and hasn't beaten a Top 25 opponent since 2002, when the Cowboys defeated No. 24 Air Force 34-26. Carr completed 33 of 46 passes with no interceptions before being pulled for the night with 9:45 left and the game well in hand. He has gone 229 pass attempts without an interception. - AP Sports
11/05/2013 - WEEK 10 CBSSPORTS.COM NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...Derek Carr has been on an offensive warpath as of late, breaking school records left and right while leading the Bulldogs on their climb up the BCS standings. Carr became Fresno State's career passing leader on Saturday night thanks to a 487 yard performance that included three passing touchdowns and another score on the ground. It was Carr's 12th career 400-yard passing game, and the Bulldogs needed every bit of it with Nevada fighting back in the second half and cutting the deficit to one score early in the fourth quarter. - CBSSports.com
11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...In leading Fresno State to the 41-23 win over Nevada, Fresno State's eighth-straight victory to open the season, Carr was 39-of-55 passing for 487 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also added one rushing touchdown, as he was responsible for 4-of-5 Fresno State touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 41-23 victory. Carr completed eight passes of over 20 yards with a long of 57 and this is his fifth 400-yard passing game this season and eighth of his career, which is the most of any active FBS quarterback.
In the process he became Fresno State's all-time leading passer in the game and he now has 10,821 career passing yards. Entering the fourth quarter it was a one score game. Carr was 5-for-6 passing in the fourth for 95 yards and a touchdown, helping the Bulldogs outscore Nevada 17-7 in the last 15 minutes of the game. Carr has now thrown 183 consecutive passes without an interception and has 28 TD passes against just four interceptions this season. - Fresno State football
11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 SENIOR BOWL COLLEGE SENIOR OF THE WEEK: We usually like to spread the wealth when it comes to our Reese's Senior Bowl Players of the Week. But, it's hard to overlook the performances of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Derek Carr. Carr continues to put up video game numbers out West, shredding Nevada for 487 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fifth game over 400 yards in 2013. The senior quarterback -- and younger brother of former Senior Bowler and No.1 draft pick David -- connected on 39-of-55 passes in a 41-23 victory over Nevada. He is the College Senior of the Week for the second time this season. Carr has the Bulldogs (8-0) in the hunt for their first-ever BCS bowl game. - SeniorBowl.com
11/04/2013 - If you ask five different NFL execs, you might get five different answers to the question: who is the top senior quarterback prospect in the 2014 class? Over the summer, I narrowed my list to three names: Clemson's Tajh Boyd, LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Fresno State's Derek Carr. And after 10 weeks of college football and hours of tape study, I find myself leaning more and more towards Carr as the top senior at his position.
If you're looking for a technically-sound passer with flawless footwork who stands in the face of pressure, then Carr likely isn't your guy. But if you want a quarterback with a golden arm, quick release and the appetite for football, then Carr will grow on you the more you watch him, much like Matthew Stafford from the 2009 draft class. He definitely has some bad habits with his set up and overall pocket tolerance, but he plays with energy, improves the play of his teammates and makes NFL throw after NFL throw. Not only is he a strong candidate to be the top senior quarterback drafted, but the top-10 is a real possibility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/04/2013 - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Josh Harper were an unbeatable combination in a 41-23 win over Nevada. Harper caught 17 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, helping Carr finish with 487 yards on 39 of 55 passing. The Bulldogs are now 8-0 and 5-0 in the Mountain West and have a good shot to finish the regular season undefeated - though San Jose State will have a say in that when the two teams meet in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 29. - AP Sports
11/03/2013 - Another win, another school record, another step closer to a BCS bowl. That's becoming a familiar pattern for Derek Carr and Fresno State. Carr threw for 487 yards to break the Fresno State career passing record and lead the 16th-ranked Bulldogs to eight straight wins to open the season for the first time since 1989 with a 41-23 victory over Nevada on Saturday night. Two weeks after setting the school record for touchdown passes and completions at home, Carr added another mark as he makes his case alongside his older brother David as one of the top quarterbacks ever at Fresno State.
''It means a heck of a whole lot, especially with big brother here to witness it,'' Derek Carr said. ''That's something I told him. I want to make sure our names are at the top of the record books. As long as we can keep doing that it's cool for us to talk about down the road.'' Carr threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the way for the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West). Josh Harper had 17 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Quezada ran for 115 yards to move Fresno State to 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and keep the Bulldogs in the running to make a BCS bowl game for the first time. - AP Sports
11/03/2013 - WEEK 10 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DEREK CARR, FRESNO STATE, Senior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield Christian...Derek Carr completed 39-of-55 passes for 487 yards and three touchdowns as 16th-ranked Fresno State defeated Nevada, 41-23. Carr did not throw an interception and added a rushing touchdown as the Bulldogs improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1989. Carr also became Fresno State's all-time leading passer with 10, 821 career yards. It is the second time Derek Carr has earned Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week accolades - earning the honor on November 25, 2012. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/26/2013 - The goals Derek Carr set out ever since he was an 8-year-old boy watching big brother David star at quarterback for Fresno State more than a decade ago were there to be seized at the start of his senior season. A record book to rewrite. A BCS bowl berth to pursue. NFL draft position to improve. A Heisman Trophy campaign to launch. None of those aspirations ever seemed as trivial as they did three days into fall camp when the joy of the birth of his first child quickly turned to fear when little Dallas Carr began vomiting a green substance and had to be rushed in the middle of the night to a neonatal intensive care unit where he would spend 23 days. "We didn't know if he was going to be alive or not," Carr said.
After three operations to fix his intestines, 11-week old Dallas is thriving now. He sleeps through the night, keeps food down and is growing so quickly Derek thinks he will be a lineman - not a quarterback. Derek is excelling as well, both on the field and as a father. Headed into Saturday's game at San Diego State, Carr had No. 15 Fresno State (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) at its highest ranking since David Carr pushed them to No. 8 in 2001.
Derek has set school records for career completions and touchdowns and is closing in on the mark for career yards passing. "It used to be just me playing football and I was just focused on myself," he said. "Now it's not about me at all. It's about my family. I have to take care of them. Everything we went through with our son has made me tougher - mentally, physically and spiritually." - AP Sports
10/21/2013 - If Mannion-to-Cooks isn't the most dangerous passing combo on the West Coast, Fresno's Derek Carr-to-Devante Adams is. The Bulldog tandem hooked up for four more TDs in Saturday night's romp over UNLV, giving them seven TD receptions in the past two games. They also hooked up for six passes of over 20 yards in the game. UNLV entered the contest having allowed only 13 completions of 20-plus yards in its first six games. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Derek Carr, Fresno State, threw for 412 yards and connected with Davante Adams on four TD passes on a record-setting homecoming as No. 17 Fresno State (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) beat UNLV 38-14 for its best start in 12 seasons. - AP Sports
10/20/2013 - Derek Carr threw for 412 yards and connected with Davante Adams on four touchdown passes on a record-setting homecoming night as No. 17 Fresno State beat UNLV 38-14 on Saturday for its best start in 12 seasons. Carr and Adams set the tone against the Rebels (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West) with a 75-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) equaled their start in 2001 when Carr's older brother, David, led the team to six straight victories to open the season.
That streak ended 12 years to the day before this game in an upset loss to Boise State. Carr and Adams made sure there would be no similar disappointment this year and have the Bulldogs in their best position since then to get that long-awaited BCS berth. The first BCS standings will be released Sunday. Carr completed 33 of 46 passes, breaking Paul Pinegar's career school records for completions and touchdowns with 849 and 85, respectively. He joined Pinegar and Kevin Sweeney as the only Fresno State quarterbacks with 10,000 career yards passing. - AP Sports
10/06/2013 - Idaho coach Paul Petrino had predicted this week that the Vandals would face some bad losses as he tried to rebuild the program. But he wasn't expecting them to be quite this bad. Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as No. 23 Fresno State beat Idaho 61-14 on Saturday. "I understand that maybe that team was better than us," Petrino said. "But that was pretty embarrassing." Carr insisted he wasn't aware of the gaudy statistics he piled up in the first half of the game.
Carr had 390 yards passing and all five of his touchdown passes in the first 30 minutes. It was all the Bulldogs really needed against a thoroughly overmatched opponent. "Those things I don't think about," Carr said. "My job is to get the team in the end zone." Fresno State scored at least 40 points for the fifth time this season. - AP Sports
09/29/2013 - Derek Carr passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns - both to Josh Harper - and Marteze Waller added two rushing scores to help No. 25 Fresno State build a big lead and hold on for 42-37 win over Hawaii on Saturday night. The Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 Mountain West) led 42-3 midway through the third quarter before the Rainbow Warriors (0-4, 0-2) scored 34 unanswered points.
Carr completed 33 of 47 passes but was intercepted twice in the second half, ending a streak of 181 consecutive passes without a pick. Harper had nine receptions for 123 yards, including touchdown catches of 30 and 9 yards. Waller scored on a two 1-yard runs. Hawaii totaled a season-high 431 yards, including 316 after halftime. Sean Schroeder relieved starting quarter Ikaika Woolsey in the third quarter and had 321 yards passing and three touchdowns. Steven Lakalaka rushed for two second-half TDs. - AP Sports
09/26/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Four: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...Showing improved poise, Carr calmly led the Bulldogs on a 13-play 87-yard drive that chewed up nearly five minutes. He hit 8 of 11 passes on the drive before Quezada ran in the game-winning score from one yard out.
While possessing plenty of athleticism to roll away from defenders, Carr is not a dual-threat quarterback. He isn't as flashy as Clemson's Tajh Boyd, nor as talented a deep ball passer as Miami's Stephen Morris. Further, he hasn't faced the caliber of competition that have helped Alabama's A.J. McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray earn a higher rank on NFLDraftScout.com's current quarterback rankings. He is, however, an accomplished three-year starter with a career mark of 75 touchdown passes against just 17 interceptions.
Frankly, Carr is every bit as gifted as any other senior quarterback in the land. With the victory over their longtime adversaries, Fresno State is emerging as a chic "BCS Buster" and therefore the pressure will only increase as the season goes on. Should his sparkling 2013 season continue, don't be surprised if Carr earns an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where his big arm could lead to a dramatic rise up draft boards, possibly overtaking all others to earn the top mark among senior quarterbacks and wind up a first round pick, himself. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/26/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Four: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...Film review over the summer proved that the buzz surrounding Carr was legitimate. This wasn't just a case of a prospect living off the hype of an older sibling. Derek possesses the same kind of size (6-3, 215), velocity and leadership traits that have earned comparisons to his legendary older brother, David, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 NFL draft.
Last week, however, the younger brother accomplished something the former Houston Texan was never able to accomplish while playing at Fresno State - he beat Boise State. Beating the Broncos in itself certainly isn't enough to earn Prospect of the Week honors. In demonstrating improved pocket awareness, mobility and poise in the clutch, however, Carr's stock is elevating with NFL scouts.
Scouts have always been impressed with Carr's rocket arm. So too, it seems, has Carr, as he's shown a troubling willingness to force the action, holding the ball for too long (inviting sacks), staring down intended targets and hurling fast balls into coverage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/26/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Four: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...Carr's first touchdown September 20 came off a screen pass. He executed the misdirection play perfectly, taking the snap from shotgun, drifting back as the Boise pass rush attacked him, and showed the ability to deliver an accurate, quick pass with a sidearm delivery that surprised the defense, allowing running back Josh Quezada to slip through for a 14-yard score on 3rd and 10. His touch was shown soon after, as he lofted a deep ball to wideout Greg Watson for a 68-yard gain down the right sideline later in the first quarter.
Carr attacked the seam for a 41-yard gain in the second quarter and threw perhaps his best pass of the game to punctuate the drive moments later, delivering a perfect stop-fade to wideout Josh Harper for a tightly contested 21-yard touchdown.
Most impressive about Carr's performance was his mettle as the Bulldogs faced a nightmare scenario in the fourth quarter as Boise State came roaring back to take a 40-34 lead. The Broncos had ended David and an undefeated Bulldogs' dream season in precisely this manner in 2001 and had won the past seven games in the "rivalry." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/24/2013 - 2014 WEEK 4 NFL DRAFT STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State...It's easy to dismiss him because he's "just another Carr from Fresno State" but that fact only makes Derek Carr even more intriguing as a NFL prospect. He showed off his big arm against Boise State on Friday night, leading the Bulldogs past the Broncos for the first time since 2005. Carr has above average arm strength and velocity with a quick release and "gunslinger" mentality. He is a good athlete with some deceiving quickness and toughness as a ballcarrier. Carr loves to "arm" everything and needs to improve his touch, knowing when the situation calls for a fastball and when it doesn't.
He needs to improve his pocket feel and confidence and seems to avoid contact at all costs, but after seeing his older brother get beat up in Houston, who could blame him? Carr definitely has some bad habits (tends to forget about his base and lower half), but his tape includes a lot of impressive, NFL throws. Add to the conversation that he is a mature, focused kid who loves to watch film and grew up around the game and he definitely has the attention of NFL scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 CBSSPORTS.COM NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fresno State QB Derek Carr...Derek Carr was a man on a mission Friday night, determined to end the Bulldogs' losing streak to Boise State. The Broncos entered the game having won 11 of 12, including every meeting since 2005, and when Fresno State's 34-19 lead evaporated in the fourth quarter it looked like status quo in the rivalry. Carr completed 8 of 11 passes on a game-winning touchdown drive, finishing with 460 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-40 win. After the game Carr talked about watching his brother, David, lose to Boise State in 2001 and how that setback -- the Bulldogs were No. 8 in the country at the time -- motivated him to attend Fresno State and knock off the Broncos.
Now Fresno State, ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll, is in the national spotlight again. Carr has thrown 12 touchdowns to just one interception and has maintained a 68.9 completion percentage despite being among the nation's leaders in pass attempts. With Boise State behind them, the challenge for the Bulldogs is to maintain this potent offensive attack through conference play. If they do, we could see a rematch of Friday night's thriller in the inaugural Mountain West title game in December. - CBSSports.com
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 SENIOR BOWL SENIOR OF THE WEEK: Fresno State University launched a website and Heisman campaign for its quarterback, Derek Carr, on Saturday. And then he went out and gave the new website some more material, breaking a seven-year curse against Boise State, as the Bulldogs upended their rivals, 41-40, with a late touchdown drive. Carr finished the evening 39-of-60 passing, for 460 yards and four touchdowns.
The win catapulted the Bulldogs into the top 25 for the first time in five years. "It means a lot," Carr said after the game, "just because of how good of a football program (the Broncos) are." For his efforts, Carr has been named the Senior of the Week by the Senior Bowl. Carr is on the Senior Bowl watch list for the 2014 game. - SeniorBowl.com
09/21/2013 - Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive that helped Fresno State avoid a fourth-quarter collapse and snap a seven-game losing streak to Boise State with a 41-40 victory on Friday night. Josh Quezada capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining that put the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) back ahead after they had blown a 15-point lead.
Aaron Baltazar had run for two scores and Joe Southwick added another as Boise State (2-2, 1-1) scored three touchdowns in less than 9 minutes to turn a 34-19 deficit into a 40-34 lead with just over 7 minutes remaining. But Carr calmly completed 8 of 11 passes on the ensuing drive in front of a sellout crowd that included his older brother, David, before Quezada ran it in for the go-ahead score.
The game was sealed when Jonathan Norton broke up a pass to Kirby Moore on fourth-and-6 near midfield in the final minute setting off a long-awaited celebration. Josh Harper caught two TD passes, Davonte Adams had another to extend his streak to 11 straight games and Quezada scored twice for the Bulldogs. - AP Sports
09/20/2013 - Boise and Fresno face off in potential league championship preview...The Mountain West Conference will hold its first conference championship game on Dec. 7. That makes Friday night's game between Boise State (2-1) and No. 25 Fresno State (2-0) even more interesting. Many believe the two teams will be playing again in December. Boise State was the pick to win the Mountain Division in the league's preseason media poll while Fresno State, led by preseason offensive player of the year Derek Carr and defensive player of the year Derron Smith, was the heavy favorite to win the West Division.
Fresno State has dropped seven in a row to the Broncos and second-year head coach Tim DeRuyter says it is no secret that his team needs to find a way to snap that streak. "As I travel along the (Central Valley), there's one team the people in the Valley want to beat," DeRuyter said, "and it's this one."
Boise State defeated Fresno State, 20-10, last season in Boise. Carr, who completed 29-of-43 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and an interception, said he was too fired up for the showdown and is trying to approach the contest as just another game. "I got caught up in all that stuff," Carr said. "When I went to the Boise game last year, it wasn't just like another game. I got caught up way too much in my head." - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - The Bulldogs are one win away from the scenario they painted for themselves in the offseason. They are 2-0 with wins over Rutgers and Cal Poly and play at Colorado this week. Next week, rival and nemesis Boise State comes to town for a Friday night game on national TV. The Bulldogs haven't beaten the Broncos since 2005, but some consider them BCS-bowl favorites at this point...at Colorado, Saturday. The Buffaloes lost 69-14 last year in Fresno but have shown improvement under new coach Mike MacIntyre. And one of their strengths third-down defense matches well against one of Fresno State's weaknesses third-down offense. If star wide receiver Paul Richardson (417 yards, four TDs) can get loose, the Buffaloes might give the Bulldogs a fight. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - Fresno State is making a point of playing an entertaining style. That was evident Saturday when the Bulldogs ran a hook-and-lateral to an offensive lineman. Quarterback Derek Carr hit wide receiver Davante Adams for 6 yards. Adams then lateraled to Austin Wentworth along the sideline. Wentworth ran 7 yards for a TD. "It's always fun to see a big man score," Carr told The Fresno Bee. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fresno State QB Derek Carr set new MW and school records for attempts (73) and completions (52) in a game as the Bulldogs rallied past Rutgers 52-51 in overtime. His 52 completions were 10 more than the previous MW record, which Carr set last season against San Diego State, and marked the fourth-most completions in a single game by an FBS quarterback in the last 10 seasons.
He threw for 456 yards and finished with a MW single-game record 77 total offense plays, eclipsing the previous mark of 75 (BYU's Jon Beck vs. UNLV in 2004). In the game he completed 71.2 percent of his passes and threw five touchdowns with just one interception, which came against the Rutgers defense that ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense and 10th in total defense last season. Carr's passing yardage, completions and total offensive marks were the highest produced by any FBS player during the opening weekend of the 2013 season. - Fresno State football
08/30/2013 - Derek Carr threw his fifth touchdown pass on the opening play of overtime and Fresno State stopped a 2-point try on the next possession to beat Rutgers 52-51 in the season opener Thursday night. After Kyle Federico missed a 43-yard field goal on the final play of regulation for the Scarlet Knights, Carr capitalized right away by lobbing a 25-yard pass to Greg Watson to give the Bulldogs the lead. Gary Nova answered with his fifth TD pass of the game to Brandon Coleman. But coach Kyle Flood opted to go for the win and Nova's pass tipped off Coleman's finger tips to end the game.
Carr completed a Mountain West and school-record 53 of 74 passes for 470 yards to start his senior season off with a win. He focused mostly on three receivers with Davante Adams and Josh Harper each catching 14 passes and Isaiah Burse adding 13. Nova threw for 348 yards, Paul James ran for 182 yards and freshman Janarion Grant returned a kick 100 yards for a score the first time he touched the ball in college but it wasn't enough to beat Carr and the Bulldogs.
It's been quite an emotional week for Carr, whose newborn son Dallas finally got to come home after spending his first three weeks in neonatal intensive care because of digestive tract defects. Carr spent much of fall camp shuttling between the practice field and the hospital, not telling teammates of his family's ordeal until detailing the difficult past month this week in an interview with The New York Times. - AP Sports
08/30/2013 - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr's statistics from the Bulldogs' 52-51 overtime victory Thursday night against Rutgers have been adjusted after official scorers took away a completion that had been wiped out by a penalty.
Carr was originally credited with 53 completions on 74 attempts for 470 yards. The school announced Friday that a 14-yard completion on the second play of the fourth quarter that was taken away, leaving Carr 52 for 73 for 456 yards with five touchdowns in the 52-51 overtime victory. Carr still set school and Mountain West Conference records for completions and passes. - AP Sports
08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Derek Carr will head into his senior season as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. He finished the regular season ranked eighth nationally with 3,742 passing yards and his 36 touchdowns tied for the fourth-most in the FBS. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Derek Carr, Fresno State,...Needs 3,048 passing yards to tie Kevin Sweeney's school record that has stood since 1986 ... holds the Fresno State record for highest career completion percentage at .652 ... voted the 2013 Mountain West Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and to the league's preseason All-Conference team. - Fresno State football
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Derek Carr Sr. FRESNO ST 64.1,...Named the 2012 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year ... named to the Sports Illustrated 2012 All-America honorable mention team ... was an unanimous first-team All-MW selection, becoming the fifth QB in league history with that distinction ... named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first-team ... selected to the 2012 Mountain West Academic All-Conference team.
Set a new Mountain West single-season record with 4,104 passing yards, which ranked eighth nationally ... his 37 touchdown passes tied for No. 3 in the FBS and his 37-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio ranked third for all QBs with at least 300 completions ... set a new MW single-season record with three 400-yard passing games ... ranked eighth nationally and first in the Mountain West with 315.7 passing yards per game ... his 155.9 pass efficiency rating ranked 15th nationally. - Fresno State football
07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): QB Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State...Carr is coming off a 2012 season when he was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and a honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated. He threw for a league record 4,104 yards in 2012 had had 37 touchdowns against seven interceptions. His 37 touchdown passes from 2012 are tied for the most by a player returning this season. - Fresno State football
07/22/2013 - 2013 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State...Carr, the 2012 MW Offensive Player of the Year, threw for a Conference-record 4,104 yards to rank eighth in the nation a year ago. He tossed 37 touchdowns on the season (tying for third nationally), against just seven interceptions.
The Bakersfield, Calif., product completed a league-record 344 passes on 511 attempts for a 67.3 completion percentage. Carr had three games of more than 400 yards passing, which set a new MW standard. With his 3,544 passing yards in 2011, Carr joined Trent Dilfer (1992-93) as the only Bulldog quarterbacks to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons. - Fresno State football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State...Carr is coming off a 2012 season when he was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and a honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated. He threw for a league record 4,104 yards in 2012 had had 37 touchdowns against seven interceptions. His 37 touchdown passes from 2012 are tied for the most by a player returning this season.
Carr is the only returning quarterback in the FBS that has over 6,000 career passing yards, 50 or more career touchdown passes and less than 20 interceptions. No other QB meets all three categories. He enters his senior season ranked third nationally in career TD passes and his career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 63-to-16 is the third-highest among all returning quarterbacks, trailing only Alabama's A.J. McCarron (49-to-8) and TCU's Casey Paschall (36-to-8). - Fresno State football
07/18/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Derek Carr, Fresno State...Carr is the only returning quarterback in the FBS that has over 6,000 career passing yards, 50 or more career touchdown passes and less than 20 interceptions. No other QB meets all three categories. His 37 touchdown passes in 2012 are tied for the most by a player returning this season. He enters his senior season ranked third nationally in career TD passes and his career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 63-to-16 is the third-highest among all returning quarterbacks, trailing only Alabama's A.J. McCarron (49-to-8) and TCU's Casey Paschall (36-to-8).
Carr has thrown for 7,760 yards in his career and needs 3,049 yards during his senior season of 2012 to break the school passing record that has stood since 1986. Carr has thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of the past two seasons, joining Trent Dilfer as the only quarterbacks in school history to accomplish that feat. In 2012, he passed for a league record 4,104 yards and went on to earn the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year award and honorable mention All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated. - Fresno State football
07/12/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State...Carr enters his senior season with a lot of hype surrounding his named after being named the 2012 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and earning All-America honors last season. He threw for a MW record 4,104 yards in 2012 and had 37 touchdown passes against only seven interceptions. His 37 TDs last year are tied for the most by any returning quarterback in the FBS. - Fresno State football