Derek Dallas Carr was born in Fresno, California on March 28, 1991. A quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, he previously played college football at California State University, Fresno.
As a youngster, Carr began his football career at Clements High School, located in Sugar Land, Texas. After the school's starting quarterback suffered an injury, Carr took over the role as a sophomore and threw for 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he led Clements to an undefeated 13-0 season, before transferring to Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield, California for his senior year. As a senior, he registered 4,067 passing yards and the National Private Schools Athletic Association named him as the National Player of the Year.
Carr joined the Fresno State Bulldogs in 2009 and was immediately in contention for the starting quarterback role, but eventually lost out to Ryan Colburn. As a freshman, he was able to appear in four games, winning all four and passing for 112 yards. After redshirting in 2010, Carr became the team's starting quarterback in 2011 and managed to pass for 3,544 yards and 26 touchdowns. The following year, he increased his stats to 4,104 passing yards and 37 touchdowns, before being named as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-Mountain West player.
During his senior year in 2013, Carr became only the fourth quarterback to ever manage more than 5,000 passing yards and throw 50 touchdowns in a single FBS season. Over the course of the year, he led Fresno State to an 11-2 record and was named as the Offensive Player of the Year for the Mountain West Conference for the second year in a row. In the process, he also became only the third player in history to win that award in two consecutive years.
Additionally, Carr received the 2013 Sammy Baugh Trophy, which is awarded to the best passer in the nation and was chosen as a third team All-American by multiple selectors. Throughout his entire college football career, Carr managed 12,843 passing yards, which ranks 13th of all-time in the FBS.
In the 2014 NFL Draft, Carr was drafted in the second round, as the 36th overall selection, by the Oakland Raiders. He was assigned the franchise's number 4 jersey, which is the same number he had worn at Fresno State.
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