Derek Carr showed he against Utah State in the Mountain West Conference Championship game that he is human by throwing two interceptions (only five all year to that point), but he and his partner in crime Davante Adams combined again for another huge game through the air as Fresno State won its 11th game of the season.
Carr, who if you haven’t heard already is indeed the younger brother of former number one overall pick David Carr, has been getting a ton of hype even after his team’s first loss of the season in a huge letdown last weekend against San Jose State and fellow class of 2014 QB David Fales.
Carr has proven over the course of this season that he’s likely the best senior QB in the country, with an intriguing blend of arm strength, athleticism, and obvious playmaking ability. Now, he has only one collegiate game left and will look to continue to improve his already soaring NFL Draft stock.
Against Utah State, Carr threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns, which wasn’t his best game of the season by any means, but it was another in a long line of solid performances for him.
Heading into postseason play, Carr has thrown for 4,866 yards and 48 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions. His numbers are of video game caliber, but so are his sophomore receiver’s.
Davante Adams, who in my mind hasn’t been getting near enough credit for his dominance in the last two seasons, caught another nine passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, bringing his season totals to 122-1,645-23.
Obviously the volume of targets that Adams sees is more than he’ll probably see in the NFL, but there’s no denying that he’s sure-handed and I think he’s a lock to leave for the 2014 NFL Draft with Carr graduating this year. Adams has proven nothing if not dominance over the course of his two college seasons, catching 224 balls for 2,957 yards and a whopping 37 touchdowns.
When freshman receivers have the kind of season Davante Adams had in 2012, it’s very difficult to come back and match that production with the high expectations. Adams has exceeded those expectations and has proven he is worthy of a top 64 draft selection with his combination of size, hands, and playmaking ability.