Sep 6, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was announced as the season’s first Manning Award Player of the Week Friday. He earned the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. Also driven by Facebook fan vote, Carr was named the SEVEN Magazine Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week.
Carr opened his 2013 campaign in grand fashion on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Rutgers in front of a national audience in a thrilling 52-51 overtime victory. He passed for 456 yards, completing 52-of-73 attempts for five touchdowns with one interception. Carr completed the fourth-most completions (52) in 10 years by an FBS quarterback en route to his fourth 400-yard career passing game, tying a Mountain West record.
For the Manning Award vote, Carr tallied 1,043 votes on Facebook, just 73 shy of doubling the second place winner. His top competitors in voting this week were Connor Wood of Colorado and Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington.
Carr took home the Las Vegas Bowl award for the fourth time in the last two years. Each week, players from both the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences are selected for nomination and then posted for voting.
The Bulldogs’ quarterback was also named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, the Phillips 66 MW Athlete of the Week by CBS Sports Network and has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior Class Award in collegiate football.
Fresno State returns to action on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium to face Cal Poly at 7 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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