Derek Carr (American football)

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Derek Carr
No. 4     Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Bakersfield Christian (CA) - Clements High School (TX)
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 2014 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards --
QB Rating --
Stats at

Derek Dallas Carr (born March 28, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.

Carr is the younger brother of former number one overall pick and fellow Fresno State Bulldog David Carr.

Early years[edit]

Carr was born in Fresno, California, the youngest of three children, to Rodger and Sheryl Carr.[1] He and his family relocated to Sugar Land, Texas in 2002 when his oldest brother, David Carr, became the first overall draft pick of the then-expansion Houston Texans. Carr and his family moved back to Bakersfield, California for his senior year and he attended Bakersfield Christian High School.[2]

Carr's high school football career began at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. After playing on the freshman team his first year, he became a back-up quarterback on the varsity team as a sophomore. He didn't prepare himself to become the starting quarterback, but a preseason injury to another quarterback thrust him into the role.[3]

Carr made gradual progress as a starter with Clements High School. He passed for 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, and 1,622 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.[4] While a junior, Carr led his team to an undefeated 13-0 season (playoffs included) before losing in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Class 5A Division 2 State playoffs in Region 3 to the (also undefeated) Katy High School Tigers, the eventual champions.[5] Also during his junior year, Carr was heavily recruited. His college choices included Fresno State, SMU, Boise State, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Utah. Of these schools, only Fresno State, SMU, and Utah made a scholarship offer towards Carr. Ultimately, he verbally committed to Fresno State on May 25, 2008, at the end of his junior year. Carr was the program's first recruit of the 2009 class.[6]

Meanwhile, in February 2008, Bakersfield Christian High School athletic director, and former NFL player, Doug Barnett confirmed that Carr would transfer to BCHS, amid rumors that he would've gone to nearby Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with historically good football programs.[7]

As a senior, Carr lead the Eagles football team to a 12–1 record and the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Division V championship; the only blemish came at home against Oaks Christian High School, a national football powerhouse, during the team's season opener. On October 29, 2008, Carr was selected by ESPN RISE as the National Football Player of the Week after passing for 441 yards and three touchdowns in a game against Tehachapi High School five days earlier.[8] Carr would eventually set a Central Section record by throwing an unprecedented 544 yards in a win against Arvin High School on November 7, 2008.[9] Carr was also selected by The Bakersfield Californian as the 2008 All-Area Football Player of the Year. Derek Carr also set a new school record when he passed for 6 touchdowns and ran for 2 in a blowout win against small school Fowler High at home. After the game reporter Mark Whaler asked Derek "How did things click so easy? Carr replied with "It was like playing a video game. When a person sets their attributes to 99 all the way around, you can pass and run all over the team. Today just felt like a video game against Fowler High." [2] After his high school football career finished, Carr was named the National Player of the Year by the National Private Schools Athletic Association in 2009.[10]

College career[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] During his three years as a starter, he threw for 12,843 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.

He wore number 4 as an homage to his favorite NFL player, Brett Favre.[1]

Carr received the 2013 CFPA Elite QB Award for his performance over three seasons at Fresno State. He joined fellow Bakersfield native Phillip Thomas as the school's second CFPA winner.[14]

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 214 lb 3112 in 9 18 in 4.69 s 4.20 s 34.5 in 9 ft 2 in 20
All values from the NFL Combine [15]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Carr married the former Heather Neel on June 29, 2012.[1] The couple have a son, Dallas (born August 5, 2013),[16] who was born with a medical condition that tied up his intestines and required three surgeries to correct.[17]

Carr stated on the day that he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders that his Uncle, Lon Boyett, played for the Raiders at sometime when John Madden was the Coach, though he could not recall exactly when that was. [18]


High school[edit]

Year Team G S W Comp Att Pct Yds Td Int
2006 Clements (TX) 11 11 8 84 162 51.9 1,246 12 7
2007 Clements (TX) 14 14 13 117 205 57.1 1,622 16 8
2008 Bakersfield Christian (CA) 13 13 12 280 413 67.0 4,067 46 9
Career G S W Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int
3 Years 38 38 33 481 780 58.7 6,935 74 24

[4] Statistics from


Year Team G W L Comp Att Pct Yds Td Int Pass Effic.
2009 Fresno State 4 4 0 10 14 71.4 112 0 0 138.6
2010 Fresno State -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 Fresno State 13 4 9 279 446 62.6 3,544 26 9 144.5
2012 Fresno State 13 9 4 344 511 67.3 4,104 37 7 155.9
2013 Fresno State 13 11 2 454 659 68.9 5,083 50 8 156.3
Career G W L Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int Pass Effic.
2009–2013 Fresno State 43 28 15 1,087 1,630 66.7 12,843 113 24 152.9



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  2. ^ a b Ewing, Zach (2008-12-27). "BCHS' Carr honored as All-Area Football Player of the Year". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  3. ^ "David Carr's little brother small but attracting attention". CBS 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Recruiting Page on". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  5. ^ "2007 Texas 5A Division 2 State Playoff Bracket". Retrieved 2009-09-30. [dead link]
  6. ^ Anteola, Bryant-Jon (2008-05-27). "Brother says he'll follow ex-star Carr to Fresno State". The Fresno Bee. 
  7. ^ "BCHS Gets a Younger Carr". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  8. ^ "RISE Football Players of the Week". 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Year in review: Thrilling victories, crushing tragedies". The Bakersfield Californian. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "BCHS' Carr gets national award". The Bakersfield Californian. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ Warszawski, Marek (2008-12-14). "Instant Impact? - With no clear-cut QB for '09, the Bulldogs might decide to try Carr as a freshman". The Fresno Bee. 
  12. ^ Ewing, Zach (2009-07-16). "Hill discusses quarterback situation, but won't reveal starter". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  13. ^ Lyght, Daniel (2009-09-04). "Carr accepts role with 'Dogs - Touted freshman ready for call if needed at QB". The Fresno Bee. 
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  15. ^ "NFL Combine profile for Derek Carr". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  16. ^ "Carr returns to practice as new dad". Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ White, David (2013-08-28). "Harrowing Moments Far From the Field". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
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  19. ^ "Derek Carr". 

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