Fresno State's junior quarterback, Derek Carr, is poised to have a huge 2012 season for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore in 2011, Carr put together one of the better statistical seasons in Fresno State history. Carr completed 62.6% of his passes for 3,544 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Carr has the necessary tools and weapons to improve upon those numbers this year.
One of Carr's biggest strengths is the mental side of the game. Carr is a student of the game that puts in the time watching game film and studying the playbook. He makes preliminary reads before the snap, and then he makes smart, quick decisions. Even under a new offensive coordinator this season I would expect Carr to quickly master the new offensive scheme.
The new offense brought in by coach Tim DeRuyter and his staff is meant to play faster and use multiple wide receiver sets to open up the field. An experienced, precision passer like Carr should thrive in this new offense. In the opening game of the 2012 season against Weber State, Carr and the offense were very efficient. Carr completed 20 of 25 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
Carr will be without two of his favorite targets from last season, Jalen Saunders (transferred) and Devon Wylie (graduated), but there are still plenty of offensive weapons. Senior running back Robbie Rouse is the key to a balanced attack for Fresno. In addition to running the ball, Rouse will be counted on to catch the ball out of the backfield more often this season. In the season opener, Rouse had 3 catches for 22 yards.
Junior wide receiver Isaiah Burse is a speedy wide receiver that will benefit from the new spread offense and can take advantage of the holes in the defense. The top receiver of the opening game against Weber State was freshman Davante Adams with 7 catches for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. At 6'2" and 200 pounds, Adams is a big target for Carr.
With Carr's physical and mental tools, combined with a new, faster paced offense, 2012 should be a big year for Carr and the Bulldogs. A 4,000 yard season is real possibility for Derek Carr this year.
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*Daniel is a Fresno State alumni and loyal Bulldog supporter. He is currently a Feature Contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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