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Carr becomes the fifth Bulldog football player in school history to be named an Academic All-American
Derek Carr looks to help Fresno State rewrite history in 2013
NFL Draft: Chosen with the first overall selection of the 2002 Draft by the expansion Houston Texans ... is the first Bulldog in any sport to be chosen No. 1.
Fresno State: Perhaps the top quarterback in college football during the 2001 season ? a fantastic athlete with an NFL-caliber arm ? mixes a powerfully built frame with an ability to remain agile in the pocket ? a great natural athlete who runs well and can make big plays through the air and on the ground ? throws the deep ball extremely well ? was as important to his team?s fortunes as anyone, evidenced by the fact that he led the nation in points responsible for ? can always find the open receiver, even if he has to check off to his third or fourth target ? established numerous Fresno State single-season records this year ? can bench press 390 pounds, power clean 300 pounds and squat 500 pounds ? runs a 4.7 40-yard dash.
(2001) Started and played in all 14 games and was perhaps the nation?s best quarterback ? had one of the most outstanding statistical seasons for a quarterback ever ? became just the sixth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. He had 4,839 passing yards and 46 touchdowns, both tops in the nation ? exploded in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, completing 35-of-56 passes for a career-high 531 yards and four touchdowns ? threw for at least 300 yards in 11 of 14 games, including 10 of the last 11 ? finished third in the nation in completions with 343 ? received numerous postseason awards, including Football News Offensive Player of the Year, Johnny Unitas Award, Sammy Baugh Award, WAC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-WAC ? finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy ? set Fresno State single-season records for passing yardage and touchdown passes ? is the program?s career completion percentage leader (.626) ? had three 400-yard passing games, including a 432-yard, six-touchdown performance in two-and-a-half quarters in the regular season finale against Utah State ? was USA Today National Player of the Week after his 340-yard, four-touchdown performance in a victory against Oregon State ? had a heroic effort in a victory against Colorado State, leading FS on a length-of-the-field drive with 27 seconds left in the game, which resulted in a game-tying field goal as time expired. The Bulldogs defeated CSU 25-22 ? has been tabbed by ESPN?s Mel Kiper as one of the top quarterbacks to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft ? completed passes to 12 different Bulldogs, including 10 for touchdowns.
Carr's 2001 Awards
(1999) Redshirted ? won scout team player of the year honors and was called the "best quarterback we faced all year," by former defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle ? spent the season as the scout team quarterback and was selected the ?Dogs? Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year ? spent gamedays in the coaching box on a headset with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. (1998) Split time at the helm with Billy Volek, playing in seven games and racking up 228 yards through the air ? had his top game of the season at home against Hawai?i, completing 7-of-10 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown ? totaled 53 yards against TCU, going 3-for-5.
(1997) As a true freshman, saw action in four games ... was the backup to starter Billy Volek ... completed 5-of-11 passes for 53 yards in a reserve role.
High School: A 1997 graduate of Stockdale High School (Bakersfield, Calif.) ... named honorable mention all-area by the Bakersfield Californian as a senior in 1996 ... earned all-league honors as a junior and senior ... completed 276-of-511 passes for 3,496 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons ... in 1996, he completed 116-of-235 passes for 1,446 yards and six touchdowns ... in 1995, he completed 160-of-276 passes for 2,050 yards and 21 touchdowns ... set game (334), season (2,050) and career (3,496) school marks for passing yards and game (4), season (21) and career (27) school marks for TD passes ... set 16 school records during his two seasons.
Personal: Born July 21, 1979, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... son of Roger and Shery Carr ... has two brothers ... an uncle played professionally with the Raiders and 49ers ... he and wife, Melody, have a son, Austin ? also considered Washington, UCLA, Arizona, California and Purdue.
Carr's Career Stats