Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on Thursday was named a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Carr is one of 16 players to be honored from a pool of 171 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA and he will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Carr is the third Bulldog to 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.
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.
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.
With a 3.47 GPA, Carr earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 8 honors in 2012. The Bakersfield native has also received 2012 Academic All-Mountain West Conference and 2011 Academic All-WAC honors.