Fresno State football: Myles Carr shifts from QB to inside receiver

The Fresno BeeJune 2, 2014 

The Fresno State football team went back to work Monday after a brief break and Myles Carr returned as an inside receiver and not a quarterback.

Carr this fall will play the H position, along with returners Greg Watson and Dillon Root. Fresno State also signed three receivers in its 2014 recruiting class: KeeSean Johnson from Palo Alto High, Jamire Jordan from Highland-Palmdale High and Keyan Williams from Lusher Charter High-New Orleans.

"I think athletically he's going to have a chance to compete," coach Tim DeRuyter said of Carr. "He does a great job with the ball in his hands, and we have a need area there for playmakers. Hopefully, he'll get a chance to have this opportunity and seize it."

In the spring, Carr had competed with junior Brian Burrell and redshirt freshman Zach Greenlee at quarterback. DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Dave Schramm did not name a starter at the end of the 15 practices, though Burrell had emerged as the No. 1.

Since then, the Bulldogs have added Duke transfer Brandon Connette, who will participate in workouts this summer and compete for the starting job in fall camp. Fresno State also has an incoming freshman in Kilton Anderson.

With the position change with Carr, Fresno State is back on its roster blue print. Of its 85 scholarships, the preference is for four scholarship quarterbacks and one walk-on.

"When we talked to him, our concern was he wasn't quite where he needed to be a quarterback for us and a lot of people in that position only want to be quarterbacks," DeRuyter said.

"We told Myles: 'If you want to play quarterback, it's probably not going to happen here. There are some younger guys that we think are going to be ahead of you. The choice is do you want to be a quarterback and, if so, we can help you go somewhere else or do you want to change positions.' And he decided to stay. He loves his teammates, he loves being a part of this and he's going to move to the H."

The Bulldogs did lose one player in receiver Devonn Brown, who was recruited out of Riverside City College and sat out as a redshirt in his only year at Fresno State. Brown is transferring, likely to a championship subdivision program where he will be eligible to play this season.

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