Fresno State's Derek Carr Honored as NFF National Scholar-Athlete

NEW YORK CITY - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was honored Tuesday by the National Football Foundation as a 2013 National Scholar-Athlete here at the NFF National Awards Dinner held at the famous Waldorf Astoria.

Carr, who was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy that is also known as the academic Heisman, becomes the third Bulldog to be honored as a NFF National Scholar-Athlete, joining Vernon Fox (2001) and Moses Harris (2009).

The William V. Campbell Trophy was presented Tuesday at the Annual Awards Dinner to Penn State's John Urschel. Urschel and Carr were two of the 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.

"I praise God for the opportunity to be here and be in a class with these great athletes and more so better people," Carr said. "I want to thank the NFF for the opportunity to be here, to represent Fresno State, this is amazing to be a part of."

Carr, with a 3.47 GPA in recreation administration and leisure service management, was also named earlier this year to the Capital One Academic All-America second-team.

His excellence in the classroom was matched by his efforts in the community, as he continually gave back to all of those who cheered him on at games.

"The reason I do what I do is because of the Lord my God," Carr said. "I want to continue to reach out to young kids about the mistakes I've made. That's the main reason why I play football."

Carr was joined in New York by his wife, Heather, four-month old son, Dallas, Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter and his wife, Kara, and Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh.

"It's not about me, it is about my teammates and my family, so thank you to them and I thank everybody at Fresno State," he said. "Having my wife and son here, it's amazing. If you would have told me five years ago I'd be here with a wife and a son, I would have told you that you were crazy, but it's here and I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Carr, who has aspirations of using his scholarship money to go to seminary school down the road, has already completed all work towards his bachelor's degree and is set to graduate this December.

On the field, he has cemented his legacy as one of Fresno State's greatest players of all-time. Carr was named Monday as 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row.

He owns 25 school records and this season has led the FBS in every meaningful passing category.

Carr, entering the Dec. 21 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, needs just 134 passing yards and two touchdowns to become the just the fourth quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 5,000 yards and have 50 or more touchdown passes in a single-season.

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.