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Brandon Carr

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 207 | College: Grand Valley State
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Carr is a hard-hitting tackler with excellent range and catch-up speed. The three-year starter at right cornerback has been extremely effective at containing the opposition's best receiver, as he openly challenges the quarterback to throw the ball into his area. He would close out his career with 50 passes defended (39 break-ups, 11 interceptions), the sixth-best career total in NCAA Division II history.

During his three years as the leader of the secondary, no receiver could ever boast of getting a touchdown catch vs. Carr. He natural hands and elevation allowed him to pick off eleven passes as a Laker, as only five other players were able to intercept more passes at Grand Valley State.

At Carman-Ainsworth High School, Carr was a first-team All-Big Nine Conference choice as a defensive back during his senior year. That season, he caught 24 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver, adding 53 tackles with two interceptions as a cornerback. He also lettered in basketball.

Carr enrolled at Grand Valley State in 2004, appearing in five games, as he was limited most of the season by a left hamstring pull. He produced twelve tackles (7 solos) and had a pair of pass deflections in his first collegiate season.

As a sophomore, Carr took over right cornerback duties, starting all thirteen games. He ranked fourth on the squad with 78 tackles (57 solos), including 1.5 stops for losses. He recovered a fumble that he returned 40 yards for a score and intercepted three passes. He also broke up nine other throws.

In 2006, Carr earned All-American and All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team honors. He was also named to Football Gazette's All-Northwest Region team. He again ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles (50 solos), adding three stops behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble. His 21 passes defended (6 interceptions, 15 pass break-ups) rank second ion the GLIAC season-record list.

As a senior, Carr was again named All-American and All-GLIAC first-team, as he was also chosen the league's Defensive Back of the Year. He produced 45 tackles (33 solos) with a stop for a loss and recovered one fumble. He broke up thirteen passes and intercepted two others, returning one for a touchdown.

In 48 games at Grand Valley State, Carr started 42 contests. He totaled 206 tackles (147 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses of 7 yards. He caused a fumble and recovered two others, returning one 40 yards for a touchdown. He added 39 pass deflections and gained 78 yards with a score on eleven interceptions.


Positives: Has very good upper body muscle definition, with good arm length, broad shoulders, good chest thickness, tight waist, thick calves and thighs … His frame could carry at least another ten pounds of bulk without having it impact his impressive playing speed … Best when playing in off coverage, as he makes quick reads, rarely bites on pump fakes or play action and shows the soft, natural hands to pluck the ball away from his frame … Unquestioned team leader who gets others together for extra work in the training room or after practices … Called by the coaching staff as the program's role model player … Has very good flexibility, range and quickness in the open field and his basket-ball experience allows him to time his leaps and get excellent elevation to get to the thrown pass at its high point … Has good eyes seeing the play develop, showing no hesitation or false steps in his flow to the ball … Good locating the pigskin working through trash … He is not the type that will get tunnel-vision and eyeball the quarterback, as he gets to the ball in an instant once he locates it … Plays too loose in man coverage, but even though he uses a skate-&-bail technique, he shuffles with his hips open to prevent from getting beaten by the deep throws … Because of the system he plays in, he is stationed too deep in the zone to get a great jump on the ball, but shows good urgency to close … Much better when he is allowed to see the field and receivers, play his responsibility first and then fly to the ball.

Tracks the ball well in flight and uses his reach efficiently to go up and over the receiver to break up the pass … Very quick straight-line runner, but also has the range to close on plays at the opposite sideline … His catch-up acceleration allows him to recover some when he gives up too big of a cushion … Demonstrates very good body control, as he uses his size and athletic ability to get to the right spot to prevent the pass completion … His hands are his best asset, as he looks the ball in well and it is very rare to see him drop any balls that he grabs with his hands (even good at using his body as a crutch) … Late arriver in run support, but has good hand strength and jolt ability to reroute or press the receiver sat the line of scrimmage … Reads and reacts quickly to sweeps and outside runs, doing a better job of attacking ball carriers in the open rather than in closed quarters … Gets a bit reckless at times making tackles in space, but when he squares up and keeps his pads down, he can explode behind his hits (just inconsistent in doing this) … Competitive player on the special teams coverage units, where he shows a good burst getting down field and will not hesitate to get vertical in order to make the play.

Negatives: Has good weight room strength, but needs to translate that to the football field, as he does not demonstrate good power behind his hits to impact his opponent on initial contact … Seems to shy away from contact in run support, preferring to let others make plays in that area … His competitiveness is inconsistent, as he will take a few plays off each game and throttle down when not involved in the action, rather than lend support … Might be a better fit as a safety, as he is good playing off coverage, but when he has to cover a receiver one-on-one, he plays too conservative, allowing a big cushion rather than mirroring his man … Must be more alert to action in front of him, as that large cushion he allows makes him seem late when he has to hustle and close on the ball … Has good leaping ability, but gets most of his picks and break-ups in the open field, as he is not really much of seeker for the pigskin when having to go up for it in a crowd … When he shows urgency and closes on the ball carrier, he has the playing strength to make a big hit, but he seems more comfortable in finessing his man rather than punishing him … Gets too reckless trying to make plays in space and is a step slow when having to make adjustments on the field … Must refine his backpedal, as the skate-&-bail technique he uses gets him too far behind the receiver and he struggles to recover.

Compares To: ALAN ZEMAITIS-Tampa Bay … Like Zemaitis, Carr has good timed speed and has the strength to be an impact tackler, but he fails to generate that power on the football field, as he is a marginal run supporter. He has good ability to get to the ball in flight and shows natural hands for the interception, but plays too loose off his coverage assignment, which results in the opposition having good success working underneath. With his ball hawking skills and adequate man coverage skills, he just might be a better fit inside at safety, rather than going one-one-one with receivers in man coverage at corner-back.

Career Notes

Ranks sixth in NCAA Division II history with 50 passes defended (11 interceptions, 39 break-ups), topped by Fletcher Terrell of Washburn (70, 2003-06), Rob Keefe of Mercyhurst (56, 2000-03), Blake Farris of North Alabama (55, 2002-05), Dan Peters of Shepherd (54, 2003-06) and Eric Mickelson of St. Cloud State (51, 2000-03) … Only Rob Keefe (56) had more passes defended than Carr's 50 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history … His eleven interceptions are surpassed only by Scott Mackey (17, 2000-03), Paul Siembida (16, 1993-96), Dan Gunder (16, 1973-76) and Lucius Hawkins (12, 2001-04) on the school's career-record list … His six interceptions in 2006 rank fifth on the Lakers' season-record list behind Dan Gunder (8 in 1976), Scott Mackey (7 in 2001), Paul Siembida (7 in 1994) and Fred Glaz (7 in 1981).

2007 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team honors from Daktronics and the Associated Press … All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference first-team choice and named GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year … Started all thirteen games at right cornerback, recording 45 tackles (33 solos) with a stop for a 1-yard loss and a fumble recovery … Deflected a team-high thirteen passes and gained 41 yards with a touchdown on a pair of interceptions.

2007 Game Analysis

St. Joseph's … Opened the season with three solo tackles, as he intercepted an Andy Lindsey pass on the first play of the second quarter, returning the ball 11 yards for a touchdown.

Findlay and Indianapolis … Posted a pair of tackles with a pass deflection in each game.

Michigan Tech … Broke up a third-down pass, forcing Tech to punt in the second quarter and delivered four solo tackles.

Mercyhurst … Posted three tackles, including two third-down stops and deflected a pass.

Northwood … Had just one solo tackle, but recovered a fumble by Casey Steffen on a third quarter rushing attempt at the GVSU 16, setting up a 67-yard touchdown pass from Lakers QB Brad Iciek to Brandon Horn.

Ferris State … Did not register any tackles, but intercepted a C.J. Van Wieren pass at the FSU 31, returning the ball 30 yards to the 1-yard line, where the Lakers' Preston Garris then punched it into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

Saginaw Valley … Collected a season-high nine tackles (8 solos) with three third-down stops and also broke up two passes.

Northern Michigan and North Dakota … Posted four tackles in each game.

Central Washington (NCAA Division II Playoffs) … Broke up three passes and delivered four solo tackles.

Northwest Missouri State (NCAA Playoffs) … Closed out his career with seven tackles (5 solos).

2006 Season

All-American first-team choice by Daktronics and Football Gazette, earning second-team honors from College Sports Report … First-team All-Northwest Region and All-GLIAC pick, as he was also named his team's Defensive Skill Player of the Year … Ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles (50 solos), including three stops for losses of 4 yards while starting all fifteen games at right cornerback … Caused a fumble and deflected fifteen passes … Also had six interceptions for 26 yards in returns (4.3 avg).

2006 Game Analysis

Findlay … Collected six tackles (4 solos) with a stop for a loss and picked off a Jonathan Bell pass with 0:04 left in the game.

Ashland and St. Joseph's … Made four tackles in each of his next two games.

Michigan Tech … Totaled seven tackles (3 solos) and intercepted a Steve Short pass at the Grand Valley 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Mercyhurst … Broke up two passes and intercepted another to set up Jay Morrison's 66-yard scoring scamper.

Northwood … Had one pass deflection and eight tackles (5 solos), including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Ferris State … Added two solo tackles and picked off a second quarter Ryan Kaul pass for a 21-yard return.

Saginaw Valley … Followed with six tackles (5 solos) and deflected a pass.

Northern Michigan … Caused a fumble and posted seven solo tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss.

North Dakota (NCAA Division II Playoffs) … Totaled six tackles (5 solos) with a pass deflection and intercepted a Reed Menke pass in the fourth quarter.

Delta State (NCAA Playoffs) … Collected six tackles (3 solos) and a pass break-up.

Northwest Missouri State (NCAA Division II Championship) … Credited with five tackles (3 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss … Broke up one pass and intercepted Josh Mathews' third-&-goal pass at the Grand Valley 4 late in the second quarter, taking the ball out of the end zone for a 5-yard return.

2005 Season

Earned All-GLIAC honors in his first year as a starter, lining up at right cornerback in thirteen games … Ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles (57 solos) and 1.5 stops for losses of 2 yards … Recovered a fumble that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown and gained 11 yards on three interception returns … Also broke up nine passes.


Opened the season by picking off a Ryan Kaul pass for an 18-yard return, adding nine tackles (6 solos) vs. Ferris State … Posted thirteen hits (9 solos) vs. Indianapolis and had five solo tackles with an interception for a 7-yard loss vs. Ashland … Collected nine hits (7 solos) with a pass theft vs. Hillsdale … Had seven stops (5 solos) vs. Saginaw Valley and registered eight tackles vs. Saginaw Valley in their second meeting during the NCAA Division II Playoffs … Had five tackles and recovered an Evan Prall fumble on a 22-yard reception, returning the ball 40 yards for a touchdown vs. East Strodsburg in the play-offs … Closed out the post-season with nine tackles (8 solos) vs. Northwest Missouri.

2004 Season

Appeared in five games on defense and eight contests on special teams as a true freshman, spending most of the year nursing a left hamstring pull … Finished with twelve tackles (7 solos) and two pass deflections.


Had a season-high four tackles and a pass break-up vs. Northern Michigan … Added three tackles in each of the Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley contests.

Injury Report

2004-Bothered by a left hamstring pull.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash … 1.47 10-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times … 450-pound squat … 325-pound incline press … 35-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … 4.19 20-yard shuttle … 6.8 three-cone drill … 31 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 20/41 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Carman-Ainsworth (Flint, Mich.) High School, playing football for head coach Jerry Parke … First-team All-Big Nine Conference choice as a defensive back during his senior year … That season, he caught 24 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver, adding 53 tackles with two interceptions as a cornerback … Also lettered in basketball.


Biomedical Sciences major … Son of John and Kathy Carr … Born 5/19/86 … Resides in Flint, Michigan.


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