Quarterback Derek Carr
Twelve thousand eight hundred and forty-three passing yards, 113 touchdowns, a 66.7 completion percentage, and an overall quarterback rating of 152.8; those impressive numbers were put up by none other than Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during his four years as a Fresno State Bulldog.
From year to year, Carr improved in nearly every statistical category, and led his team to two bowl appearances as the starter in his junior and senior years, as well as earned two Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year titles. While the Raiders gunslinger established himself as a productive college quarterback, his game has translated to the NFL level, and he has emerged as one of the budding stars in the league.
After being drafted by the Silver and Black in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, No. 4 helped lead the Raiders back to the postseason for the first time in 14 years, and is determined to return again in 2017.
Carr has certainly accomplished a lot over the course of his football career, and on September 2, his alma mater will honor him by retiring his jersey. Upon hearing the news, Carr expressed his appreciation and joy.
"I am deeply honored that my alma mater, Fresno State, will be retiring my No. 4 jersey," said Carr. "It is very humbling and exciting for me as it has been a childhood dream. I am looking forward to returning to Bulldog Stadium on September 2!"
His ceremony will take place after the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and a week before the NFL regular season kicks off on September 10, when Carr and Co., take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.