Derek Carr

For the Association footballer, see Derek Carr (footballer).
Derek Carr

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Carr at the 2016 Pro Bowl
No. 4Oakland Raiders
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:

Sugar Land (TX) Clements

Bakersfield (CA) Christian
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Pass attempts: 1,595
Pass completions: 979
Percentage: 61.4
TDINT: 75–30
Passing yards: 10,372
Passer rating: 88.2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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.

Derek is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback and fellow Fresno State alumnus, David Carr.

Early years

Carr was born in Fresno, California, the youngest of three children to Rodger and Sheryl Carr.[1][2] He and his family lived in Bakersfield, California before relocating 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 for his senior year, and he attended Bakersfield Christian High School.[3]

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 backup 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

In 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 have gone to nearby Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with historically good football programs.[8]

As a senior, Carr led 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.[9] Carr would eventually set a Central Section record by throwing 544 yards in a win against Arvin High School on November 7, 2008.[10] 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." [3] 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.[11]

High school statistics

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

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College career

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.[12] 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.[13] However, days before the 2009 season began in September, Hill announced junior Ryan Colburn would start over Carr.

After redshirting his 2010 season, Carr took over the starting QB position for Fresno State in the fall of 2011.[14] 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.[2]

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.[15]

In 2013, Carr won the Sammy Baugh Trophy which is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate passer. He joined Trent Dilfer and David Carr as the only other Fresno State quarterbacks to win the trophy. He finished 8th Place in Heisman Trophy voting.

College statistics

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 43 28 15 1,087 1,630 66.7 12,843 113 24 152.9


Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 2 38 in 214 lb31½ in9⅛ in 4.69 s 1.64 s 2.73 s 4.20 s 34½ in 9 ft 2 in 20
All values from the NFL Combine [17]
Carr in 2014.

2014 season

Carr was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On May 16, 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, 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.[18] 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, 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.[19] 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.[20]

Carr made his first career regular season start against the New York Jets on September 7. During his pro debut, he passed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders were unsuccessful during his debut and lost to the Jets 19–14. 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 38-14.[21]

On October 12, in his fifth start of his career versus division the rival San Diego Chargers, 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.[22]

On November 20, 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 pass 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 7, 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.

2015 season

Carr in 2015

On September 13, during the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Carr exited the game early with an injury to his throwing hand. The MRI was negative and Carr returned to start in week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Raiders won 37-33 to get their first win of the season. Carr had a career day as he threw over 350 yards and three touchdowns and most importantly threw the game winning touchdown to Seth Roberts with 26 seconds remaining. Carr continued his dominance into week three against the Cleveland Browns. He threw for 314 yards as he led the Raiders to a 27-20 win. Carr had another dominant performance in week 7 on the road against the San Diego Chargers as he threw for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns, putting up a 137.7 passer rating. Carr threw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns and a 130.9 passer rating in a win against the New York Jets the next week. On January 20, it was announced that he would be replacing Aaron Rodgers for the 2016 Pro Bowl. He is the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002. After two seasons, Carr has 53 career touchdown passes, the second most by a quarterback in his first two seasons, behind Dan Marino's 68. Carr was ranked 100th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[23]

2016 season

During Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carr finished with 513 passing yards, a franchise record, and four touchdowns as the Raiders won 30–24 in overtime. In a Week 9 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, Carr led the Raiders to a 30-20 victory on a Sunday Night to take sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

On November 21, Carr led the Raiders to a 27–20 win over the Houston Texans in Mexico City. He completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He surpassed 10,000 career passing yards and helped the Raiders take back sole possession of the division lead.[24]

NFL statistics

NFL career statistics
Oakland Raiders
Season Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int RAT Att Yards Avg TD Fumb Lost
2014 16 16 348 599 58.1 3,270 21 12 76.6 29 92 3.2 0 10 4
2015 16 16 350 573 61.1 3,987 32 13 91.1 33 138 4.2 0 10 3
2016 10 10 214 323 66.3 2,800 20 4 100.9 18 61 3.4 0 3 2
Career 40409121,49561.010,05773 29 87.4802913.6 0 23 9

Personal life

Carr married Heather Neel on June 29, 2012.[2] The couple have a son named Dallas (born August 5, 2013)[25] who was born with a medical condition that tied up his intestines and required three surgeries to correct.[26] The couple's second son, Deker Luke Carr, was born on March 16, 2016.

Carr is a Christian, and has said his faith is the most important thing in his life.[27]

Carr's brother, David, was the first overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Carr's uncle, Lon Boyett, played for the Raiders during the 1978 season.[28]

Carr grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan.[29]

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 "Derek Carr Profile". Fresno State. 2014-03-25. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  3. 1 2 Ewing, Zach (2008-12-27). "BCHS' Carr honored as All-Area Football Player of the Year". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  4. "David Carr's little brother small but attracting attention". CBS 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  5. 1 2 "Recruiting Page on". Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  6. "2007 5a playoff scores". Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  7. Anteola, Bryant-Jon (2008-05-27). "Brother says he'll follow ex-star Carr to Fresno State". The Fresno Bee.
  8. Ewing, Zach (2008-12-28). "BCHS' Carr honored as All-Area Football Player of the Year". The Bakersfield Californian. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012.
  9. "RISE Football Players of the Week". 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  10. "Year in review: Thrilling victories, crushing tragedies". The Bakersfield Californian. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  11. "BCHS' Carr gets national award". The Bakersfield Californian. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  12. Warszawski, Marek (2008-12-13). "Can Derek Carr make instant impact with 'Dogs?". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17.
  13. Ewing, Zach (2009-07-16). "Hill discusses quarterback situation, but won't reveal starter". The Bakersfield Californian. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22.
  14. Anteloa, Bryant-Jon (August 31, 2011). "Game experience will be key for Bulldogs' Carr". Fresno Bee. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  15. "Derek Carr Receives CFPA Elite QB Award". Fresno State. December 28, 2013. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014.
  16. "Derek Carr".
  17. "NFL Combine profile for Derek Carr". Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  18. Corman, Rebecca. "Raiders Unofficial Dept Chart". Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  19. Breech, John. "Dennis Allen: Raiders QB Derek Carr will start over Matt Schaub in opener". Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  20. Corman, Rebecca. "First Raiders Rookie to start season opener". Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  21. Wesseling, Chris (September 28, 2014). "Derek Carr suffers high ankle sprain, MCL sprain". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  22. Damien, Levi (October 12, 2014). "Derek Carr has record day, would throw final pass "a hundred times"". SB Nation. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  23. No. 100 Derek Carr
  24. "Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders rally past Houston Texans in Mexico City". UPI. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  25. "Carr returns to practice as new dad". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  26. White, David (2013-08-28). "Harrowing Moments Far From the Field". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  27. Honeycutt, Brett (November 6, 2013). "Devotional of the Week — Christ Reflector". Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  28. "QB Derek Carr Conference Call". May 9, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  29. Damien, Levi (February 22, 2014). "Derek Carr responds to criticism of pocket presence, loss to USC, favorite team growing up". Retrieved March 30, 2016.

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