Derek Carr Speaker Profile
Derek Carr Biography
Derek Carr was born March 28, 1991 and is a top NFL draft quarterback prospect. He played college football at Fresno State. He is the younger brother of former number one overall pick and fellow Fresno State Bulldog David Carr.
Carr enrolled as an early-entry freshman for the spring semester at Fresno State in 2009 so he could participate in spring football with the Bulldogs. Then-Fresno State head coach Pat Hill stated that Carr, a true freshman, was "in the mix" for the starting quarterback position as late as mid-July. However, days before the 2009 season began in September, Hill announced junior Ryan Colburn would start over Carr.
After red-shirting his 2010 season, Carr took over the starting QB position for Fresno State in the fall of 2011. During his three years as a starter, he threw for 12,843 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.
He wore number 4 as a homage to his favorite NFL player, Brett Favre.
Carr was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On May 16th, 2014, he was assigned his requested number of 4. On May 21, he was signed to a 4-year, $5.37 million contract with a $2.2 million signing bonus.
On August 28, 2014, Carr impressed the coaches and fans in the Raiders' fourth and final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, after coming into the game as backup to Matt Schaub and taking the Raiders down the field for three touchdowns in the first quarter, then throwing another touchdown on their next possession of the second quarter, before being relieved. For his short playing time in the game he went 11/13 for 143 yards and 3 TD's for a nearly perfect quarterback rating.
On September 1, 2014, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced that Carr would start over Matt Schaub in the team's opener against the New York Jets, and mentioned that the decision was not week-to-week; Carr would be the Raiders starting quarterback moving forward. Carr therefore became the first rookie quarterback in Raiders history to start a season opener, and was also the only rookie quarterback from the 2014 draft class to start in week one.
Carr made his first career regular season start against the New York Jets on September 7, 2014. During his pro debut, he passed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders were unsuccessful during his debut and lost to the Jets 14–19. In Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, Carr left the game due to a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain. He was relieved by Matt McGloin but the Raiders still couldn't find their momentum, losing to the Dolphins 14–38.
On October 12, 2014, in his fifth start of his career versus division the rival San Diego Chargers, Derek Carr made history by setting a new Oakland Raiders franchise record for the most passing touchdowns in a single regular season game by a rookie with four. This surpassed the previous record of three passing touchdowns which was set by Matt McGloin during his rookie campaign in 2013 versus the Houston Texans. Additionally, Carr set single game personal records for passing yards by throwing for 282 yards, and for total passer rating which amounted to 107.7. Although Carr had a career day, the Oakland Raiders ultimately were defeated by the San Diego Chargers by the final score of 31-28.
On November 20, 2014 Carr won his first NFL game by leading the previously winless Raiders to a 24-20 upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders trailed the Chiefs 20-17 early in the 4th quarter, but Carr led them on an 80 yard drive that lasted just over 7 minutes. The 4th quarter comeback ended with Carr throwing a game winning touchdown that put them up 24-20 with just under 1:40 to play. The Raiders would go on to get their first victory of the season. On December 7th, Carr led the Raiders to a 24-13 victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Carr posted a 140.2 rating, the highest for a Raiders quarterback since 2001.
Carr finished his rookie season with 3,270 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He became the first Raiders quarterback to start all 16 games since Rich Gannon in 2002.
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