Feb. 27, 2014
BRISTOL, Conn. - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was one of nine top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft selected to participate in Jon Gruden's QB Camp series that is returning to ESPN for its fifth season this spring.
Since 2010, the popular SportsCenter specials have produced groundbreaking content that gives fans a first-hand look inside the film room and introduces them to the next generation of NFL standouts.
Gruden's QB Camp special begins with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, which is scheduled to premiere Thursday, March 27 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Most QB Camp specials will air on Tuesdays, beginning in late April at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Shows will also re-air on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. The entire QB Camp program schedule will be released in March.
ESPN's Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach prepares a custom lesson plan for each prospect that highlights strengths and identifies areas of improvement for the quarterback to be successful at the NFL level.
Carr, a two-time All-American and two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, is one of the top quarterback draft prospects this year. Over the course of his collegiate career, he became one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 career yards and 100 touchdowns, as he threw for 12,842 yards and 113 touchdowns against only 24 interceptions in 44 games played. His 12,842 career passing yardage ranks 13th in FBS history.
His 113-to-24 career touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.71) is the second highest in FBS history for all quarterbacks that have thrown over 100 career touchdown passes. Only Boise State's Kellen Moore (2008-11) had a higher ratio at 5.07 (142-to-28). Carr now joins Moore as the second quarterback from a Mountain West conference school to be invited to Gruden's QB Camp.
As a senior in 2013, Carr became the fourth quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season.
The past four years, Gruden has mentored the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Russell Wilson. Of the 29 quarterbacks (from 27 different schools) who have participated in the one-on-one film sessions, 14 were regular starters during the 2013 NFL season. (Click here for infographic on statistics.)
In 2014, QB Camp moves to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando where a new studio replicates Gruden's Tampa office - affectionately dubbed the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA), which has been home to QB Camp since its inception. In addition, the 220-acre sports facility's athletic fields will be used for quarterback workouts.
With the ESPN Innovation Lab permanently based at the Wide World of Sports, state-of-the-art technical facilities will also allow some QB Camp segments to be edited on-site for same-day turnaround. In addition, uplink capabilities will make it possible for quarterbacks to participate in interviews on ESPN NFL shows, SportsCenter and other programs during their visits.
"Since the Monday Night Football season ended, Jon has been grinding away, preparing lesson plans for QB Camp," said Jay Rothman, ESPN's Vice President of Production, who oversees the series. "We have another talented and eager group of players set to visit this spring and we are particularly excited about enhancing our coverage with the tremendous facilities and support available to us at ESPN's Wide World of Sports."
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