Derek Carr passed for 4,104 yards and 37 touchdowns leading Fresno State to a Mountain West Conference football co-championship in 2012.
The astounding passing statistics in the spread offensive system of then-first-year Bulldogs head coach Tim DeRuyter was enough to land the younger brother of former Fresno State standout and No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick David Carr on the Heisman watchlist for this, his senior season.
After Carr completed 52 of 73 attempts, both conference records, for 456 yards and five touchdowns, Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh thinks the 6-foot-3, 218-pound QB is primed for an even bigger year heading into tonight’s meeting between the Mustangs and Bulldogs in Fresno.
“He’s really smart,” Walsh said. “Not only is he physically gifted, he’s mentally capable of making sure he throws it to the right guy.
“He really looks much more comfortable this year than watching him on film last year, and I think that’s a credit to how he’s been coached and how comfortable he is with the new system.
“You can tell it’s expanded, that they’re in year two with an experienced quarterback and an experienced group of players. That just makes them even more explosive.”