Fresno State's Derek Carr Named Candidate for 2013 Senior CLASS Award

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior Class Award in collegiate football.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. He is the only candidate from the Mountain West.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

Carr opened his senior season by setting new school and Mountain West records for completions (52) and attempts (73) while passing for 456 yards and five touchdowns to lead Fresno State in a 52-51 overtime victory over Rutgers.

His pass completions, attempts and yards were the most by any bowl subdivision quarterback in the opening week of the season and came against the Rutgers defense that in 2012 ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense and 10th in total defense.