Why was Fresno State QB Jorge Reyna inspired at Derek Carr’s Altar Conference?

Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna found inspiration in a unique way from past Bulldogs great Derek Carr.

Reyna, the senior who’s competing to be the 2019 starter, was wearing an Altar Conference bracelet at the Fresno State football Spring Preview on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

Just last weekend, Reyna was among those feeling the message that Carr and others shared at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus. 

“Going to that conference really inspired me because what Derek did was bring people of different life into one building,” Reyna said. “For two hours, everybody was in love with just Jesus. the message and everything.

“There are people of different races interacting with each other, people with tattoos on their face that you would be scared of on the street. They are out there giving hugs to the old woman that’s normally terrified, and it’s great to see something like that.”

Carr, who went from Fresno State star to entering his sixth season as the Oakland Raiders leader, said he dreamed of bringing a Christian conference to Fresno after attending a similar event in Michigan a couple years ago. The event April 5-6 in Fresno featured an array of Christian speakers and music.


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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.