Fresno State's Carr Named a 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

IRVING, Texas - The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has been named a 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Carr is one of 16 members of the 2013 class that were selected from a nationwide pool of 171 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA and he will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards are presented by Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education.

The honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The William V. Campbell Trophy is also known as the "Academic Heisman."

Carr becomes the third Bulldog to ever be named a NFF National Scholar-Athlete, joining Moses Harris (2009) and Vernon Fox (2001).

Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.

"Jack Ford and the NFF Awards Committee did an excellent job in selecting this year's National Scholar-Athletes," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell winner) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "Selected from a record number of semifinalists, this group should be extremely proud of their accomplishments, as they have undoubtedly distinguished themselves as some of the best football players and students in the country. Each of these men is also a leader in his respective community, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential."

The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities.

In addition to the presentation of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the William V. Campbell Trophy, the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will include the induction of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of several major awards, including the organization's highest honor, the NFF Gold Medal, and the NFF Distinguished American Award.

This season Carr has led the Bulldogs to a 7-0 start and a No. 16 national ranking. He is third in the FBS in passing at 367.7 yards per game and is second with 25 touchdown passes.

Off the field, Carr excels both in the classroom and in the community. He is a two-time Academic All-Conference selection and was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 8 first-team. Carr has also completed the most community service hours of any player on the team.