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  • Derek Carr
    Oakland Raiders Quarterback

    Before being drafted in the 2nd Round to the Oakland Raiders, Derek Carr had a spectacular college career. He was a two-time All-American selection as a junior and senior and a two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. He became the third player in league history to win the award in back-to- back seasons and is one of only two players in Fresno State history to be named a conference offensive player of the year in back-to- back seasons.

    Winner of the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the nation’s top passer, he is one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 career yards and 100 touchdowns. Derek’s 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.

    As a senior in 2013, he became the fourth quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season. Carr was also awarded the honor of being a 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, becoming just the third player in school history to receive the high academic distinction.

    He was then named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America second team, becoming the fifth Academic All-American in school history. He established 27 new school records and 21 Mountain West records in his career at Fresno State

    Derek was born in Fresno, California, the youngest of three children, to Rodger and Sheryl Carr. He met his wife, Heather, while attending Fresno State University and the two were married in 2012. They now have a son. Derek attributes his faith in God to his football success, saying “I am grateful for the opportunity to further His kingdom by sharing my faith on and off the football field. At any moment, any second, my football career could be taken away, but my faith and relationship with God will never be taken from me.”