22 College Football Fun Facts About Quarterback Derek Carr


Derek Carr came into the NFL and immediately staked a claim as one of the better young, up and coming, quarterbacks around. Like all NFL players though, he had a history long before joining the big leagues. Here is a look at 22 college football fun facts about quarterback Derek Carr:

-Derek Carr enrolled at Fresno State in the spring of 2009 as an early-entry freshman so he could practice as part of the school’s Spring Football program.

-Derek Carr spent five years at Fresno State University, redshirting his sophomore season in 2010 before starting at quarterback for the team in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

-Derek Carr is the third Fresno State player to win the Sammy Baugh Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top college passer. The first two were Trent Dilfer and Carr’s older brother David.

-In 2013, Derek Carr finished in 8th place in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

-Finishing ahead of Derek Carr in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2013 were the winner Jameis Winston, followed by A.J. McCarron, Jordan Lynch, Andre Williams, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, and Bryce Petty.

-Derek Carr chose to wear jersey number 4 at Fresno State, the number he still wears in the NFL, because it was the same number worn by his favorite player growing up, Brett Favre.

-Derek Carr’s record as a starting quarterback at Fresno State was 24-15.

-While at Fresno State, Derek Carr threw 113 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions.

-The first time Derek Carr took the field for Fresno State was as a freshman in relief when he completed two of two passes for 37 yards. This came in a September 9, 2009 game against Cal-Davis.

-Derek Carr’s first time as the starting quarterback for Fresno State came in a 2011 loss to the Cal Bears. In that game he completed 21 of 33 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

-Derek Carr’s first 300 yard game as a college QB came in the fourth game of the 2011 season, a Fresno State win over Idaho, when he completed 24 of 37 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns.

-The most completions Derek Carr would ever have in one college football game was the 52 he had, on 73 attempts, in a 2013 win over Rutgers.

-In a 2012 win over San Diego State, Derek Carr would throw for the most passing yards he would in his college career when he finished with 536.

-Derek Carr had 11 college football games where he threw for 400 or more yards, including three where he topped the 500 yard mark.

-The most TD passes Derek Carr would throw in one game was the seven he put up against New Mexico in 2013. He had zero interceptions to go along with those seven TDs.

-In his entire college football career, Derek Carr never threw more than two interceptions in a game.

-The most rushing yards Derek Carr ever had in one game in college was the 39 he put up against Utah State in 2011.

-Derek Carr ran for five rushing touchdowns during his college career at Fresno State. He had one each against Utah State, Nebraska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Mississippi.

-In addition to playing quarterback, Derek Carr punted the ball 10 times while in college at Fresno State.

-Derek Carr finished his college career with 11 total TD passes against the University of New Mexico, more than he threw against any other school.

-Derek Carr’s first career college football TD pass was caught by Edward Dilihunt.

-The last TD pass Derek Carr would throw while playing for Fresno State was caught by Davante Adams.

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