Those not familiar with the college football scene around California’s Silicon Valley, which is most likely a high number, have probably paid little attention to the fact that the Fresno State Bulldogs are currently sporting an 8-0 record. Sitting atop the West Division of the Mountain West Conference, they will head to Wyoming on Saturday night trying to continue their perfect season in a place where the school has never been victorious.
The Bulldogs will turn to under-publicized quarterback Derek Carr in their attempt to reverse the fortunes of the three previous visits to War Memorial Stadium. The most recent of which was in 1996.
Yes, Carr is the younger sibling of the former Fresno State star and No. 1 overall selection of the 2002 NFL Draft, David Carr. However, to label him as nothing more than the brother of a campus legend would be unjust. The time has come for the more youthful Carr to be recognized in his own right. Consider that he is a just a few wins away from leading the team to crashing the BCS Bowl party and you have merely scratched the surface of the type of campaign the senior is putting together.
Fresno State is sitting at No. 16 in the BCS poll. If that ranking continues to improve, Carr could easily find himself entering the Heisman discussion. He is currently one of four players in the nation that has gone over the 3,000 yards passing threshold and is second in the FBS with 28 touchdown tosses. In addition to being on the path to a postseason full of accolades, Carr will almost certainly be mentioned in any conversation about the top QBs heading into the NFL Combine and 2014 Draft. First things first for the young man behind center, get the Bulldogs past the Wyoming Cowboys.