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Derek Carr (American football)

Derek Carr
Carr playing with the Raiders in 2014.
No. 4     Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Bakersfield (CA) Christian
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 as of Week 14, 2014
TDINT 17–11
Passing yards 2,676
QB Rating 78.3
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 alumnus David Carr. He is not the same Derek Carr who is the former quarterback for the University of Tennessee at Martin.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2014 NFL Draft 3.1
    • Oakland Raiders 3.2
      • 2014 3.2.1
  • Personal life 4
  • Statistics 5
    • High school 5.1
    • College 5.2
    • NFL 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Carr was born in Bakersfield, 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 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 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.[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 have gone to nearby Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with historically good football programs.[7]

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.[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

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

2014 NFL Draft

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


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. [16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.

Personal life

Carr married Heather Neel on June 29, 2012.[1] The couple have a son named Dallas (born August 5, 2013)[21] who was born with a medical condition that tied up his intestines and required three surgeries to correct.[22]

Carr is a Christian, and has said his faith is the most important thing in his life.[23]

Carr stated on the day he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders that his uncle, Lon Boyett, had played for the Raiders at some point during John Madden's tenure as coach, though he could not recall exactly when.[24] Boyett played for Cal State Northridge and played tight end during with the 1978 Raiders team.[25]


High school

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



Season Team G GS Comp Att Pct. Yds Avg TD Int Sck Rate
2014 Raiders 13 13 286 473 60.5 2,676 5.7 17 11 16 78.3
CAREER TOTAL 13 13 286 473 60.5 2,676 5.7 17 11 16 78.3



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  12. ^ Ewing, Zach (2009-07-16). "Hill discusses quarterback situation, but won't reveal starter".  
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  16. ^ Corman, Rebecca. "Raiders Unofficial Dept Chart". Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
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  22. ^ White, David (2013-08-28). "Harrowing Moments Far From the Field".  
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External links

  • Derek Carr on Twitter
  • Official Website
  • Oakland Raiders bio
  • Fresno State Bulldogs bio
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