[Derek Carrier-Bucs] [Derek Carrier-Raiders]
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Photos of Carrier with the Oakland Raiders-Preseason Camps and Games
Carrier Now a Philadelphia Eagle
Philadelphia, PA -- Former Buccaneer Derek Carrier has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and has been placed on the team's Practice Squad.
Carrier originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent following the 2012 draft. He was released as part of the Raiders final roster cut down.
After his release from the Raiders Carrier had spent a little time with the Buccaneer Football squad, working with the wide receivers, before the opportunity with the Eagles came up.
Pre-Game Notes-Cowboys at Raiders, Pre-Season Opener
The Raiders will kick off the 2012 campaign in the national spotlight on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, but the players are finding the glare of the of the coaching staff more intense than the bright lights of television.
“It’s going to be very exciting, at the end of it though, it's just football, you have to go out there, know what you’re doing and do your job,” rookie WR Derek Carrier said. “There’s a few extra people watching but that shouldn’t get in the way.”
This will be Carrier’s first experience on the big stage after playing his college football at Beloit College in Wisconsin. For many of the Raiders players, especially the younger guys, the allure of Monday Night Football is unmistakable.
“It’s unbelievable, it really sounds crazy,” Carrier said. “When you really step back and think about everything that’s going on it seems pretty special.”
As excited as the players are to kick things off on Monday Night Football, competition for a spot on the 53-man roster is foremost on everyone’s minds.
“It’s been great, it’s been a lot of fun, so many different guys, so many different skill sets, everyone brings something different to the table,” Carrier said of competition at the wide receiver position. “I’ve been able to take bits and pieces of what I’ve learned from not only the coaches but other receivers to make my game better.”
Carrier Signs Free Agent Contract with Oakland Raiders
Beloit, WI -- Former Beloit College Football player Derek Carrier has signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Oakland Raiders.
Details of the contract were not available.
Carrier, a two-time All-Midwest Conference wide receiver, rewrote the receiving section of the Buccaneer Record Book in his four seasons with the Bucs, setting all-time marks for catches (189), yards (3,111) and touchdowns (29). He also broke his own single-season marks in 2011 for catches with 75 and yards with 1,250 while tying his own record with 12 touchdowns. His 88 points last season were the fourth most in a season. Carrier had 15 100-yard plus receiving games in the last three seasons, including seven in 2011.
Carrier will begin his professional career on May 10 at the Raiders' Rookie Camp.
Buccaneer Spotlight - Derek Carrier
Sport(s): Football, Men’s Basketball, Indoor Track & Field
Edgerton, Wisconsin – Edgerton High School
Major: Health and Society
How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?
“To be honest I had never really heard of Beloit until I received a phone call from the Head Football Coach Chris Brann. It was during baseball season my junior year in high school and I was coming off a strong (statistically) football and basketball season. On the ride home after one of my baseball games, I received a phone call from my mom saying she just got off the phone with a football coach. When I further asked about it, my mom said Coach Brann thought I was a senior in high school and was curious as to why I hadn’t chosen a school already – she then explained that I was only a junior and was still considering many schools. It wouldn’t be until over a year later that I actually considered going to Beloit College.”
We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.
“The one aspect I will take away from being a student-athlete is my strive for greatness, perfection, and success in both the classroom and on the field. I have a very difficult time being involved in something if I can’t give it 100% of my effort and attention, so in the classroom I devote a lot of time to reading, studying, and preparing for class just as I devote a lot of my time to training, watching film, and taking care of my body on the football field. I also believe that in order to be truly successful, in any field, one needs to be able devote their time and effort wholeheartedly into their goal.”
What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?
Dean’s list every semester (6 so far), Presidential Scholar, Team captain (football), Inside WI Sports Preseason All-State 2011, D3 Senior Classic Preseason All-American 2011, CDS DIII Preseason All-American 2011, 1st Team All-MWC 2010, BC Rick Clayton Award 2010, HM All-MWC 2009.
If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?
“It would be impossible for me to name one individual that had the greatest impact on me while at Beloit College. There have been many coaches and professors that have helped me along the way and allowed me accomplish everything I have. Professors Marion Fass, Katie Johnson, and Chris Johnson have helped me define my academic career at Beloit College as well as help pave the way for my future career path. Without them, there is no way I would have been able to juggle academics and athletics as well as I have. Coaches Chris Brann, Ethan Pole, and Brian Bliese have helped transform me from a raw athlete into an experienced football player – not that the learning process is done yet – but they have taught me so much about football and life that their contributions are immeasurable. Andy Wier and the Athletic Training Staff have also single-handedly kept my body from falling apart between football, basketball, and indoor track – which without – I wouldn’t have been able to compete (athletically) at the level I have been able to.”
Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?
“The most rewarding experience I have taken part in at Beloit College is the defeat of St. Norbert and Monmouth in football last year. While I compete to win every game, those two games in particular meant so much more because for the seniors I played with last year, it was the first time they had beaten either team – and to see their emotions once we beat them was something I will never forget.”
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.
“Five years from now I hope to have finished my doctorate in physical therapy and be practicing in an athletic/sports-oriented setting. However, the opportunity to still be playing football (if it presents itself) is something I would take in a heartbeat.”
“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Unique.”
Carrier Named WFCA Private College Player of the Year
Beloit, WI – Derek Carrier, a senior wide receiver for the Beloit College Football team from Edgerton, Wisconsin, has been named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Private College Player of the Year. The organization announced the honor this week.
It was also announced this week that Carrier will play in the D3 Senior Classic Football Game in Salem, Virginia, on Friday, December 9. The game is played at Salem Stadium, which will host the NCAA Division III Football Championship Game on Friday, December 16.
Carrier, who earned First Team All-Midwest Conference honors for the second straight season, rewrote the receiving section of the Buccaneer Record Book, setting all-time marks for catches (189), yards (3,111) and touchdowns (29). He also broke his own single-season marks in 2011 for catches with 75 and yards with 1,250 while tying his own record with 12 touchdowns. His 88 points this season were the fourth most in a season. Carrier had 15 100-yard plus receiving games in the last three seasons, including seven this season.
According to available records, Carrier is the third Buccaneer to earn the WFCA honor. Maurice “Mo” Redd, a 2008 Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor inductee, received the honor in 1995 and Brian Balick got it in 1998.