Nov. 13, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Wednesday that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is among the 15 semifinalists for its 2013 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.
Through nine games Carr ranks No. 2 in the football bowl subdivision with 380.1 passing yards per game and leads all FBS quarterbacks with 32 touchdown passes, against just four interceptions on 465 pass attempts. He has not thrown an interception in four consecutive games and is in the midst of 229 consecutive pass attempts without throwing a pick, which is the longest streak in Mountain West history.
Carr ranks No. 2 in nation with 3,421 yards and trails the national leader by 119 yards. The Bakersfield native has now thrown for 3,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons, becoming the first player in Fresno State school history to do so.
The fifth-year senior is responsible for 30 more touchdowns than turnovers, best in the nation, with his 32 passing TDs and two rushing scores against four interceptions and no fumbles. Through the air Carr has led the `Dogs passing attack with seven games of passing more than 300 yards and he has tossed over 400 yards five times this season.
Fresno State is off to its best start since 1989 with a 9-0 record and was announced last Sunday as No. 14 in the BCS standing, the schools highest ranking in school history. Behind Carr's leadership Fresno State is No. 4 in the FBS in total offense per game (546.6) and has averaged 44.3 points per game, sixth-best in the FBS.
The 15-player watch list includes 10 quarterbacks, three defensive players, one wide receiver and one running back.
"It's been another exciting college football season with many teams and players still in the hunt for national recognition," Foundation president James Monico said. "We've identified some outstanding players and we know the final weeks of the regular season should be even more thrilling."
A list of five finalists will be announced on Wednesday, December 2.
The 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented on Thursday, December 12 during the 6 p.m. ET edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
The 2013 winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Sponsorships and tickets are available by calling (203) 288-CAMP.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. Visit www.ncfaa.org.
"Catch the Wave" - Tickets for Fresno State regular season finale against New Mexico on Nov. 23 are still available and can be purchased online at gobulldogs.com, over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647) or in person at the Bulldog Ticket Office located at Bulldog Stadium. The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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