Keys to the Carr
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Ask Derek Carr and Chris Petersen about one another, and you'll immediately notice a sense of mutual respect.
"He’s one of the better quarterbacks in the country, without question," said Petersen of Carr.
"He's one of the best coaches to ever be around in college football," mentioned Carr of Petersen.
In another universe, the two could have taken that respect to another level by teaming up. Fresno State was one of three schools to offer Carr a scholarship in his junior year of high school. Boise State did not, but that doesn’t mean Petersen wasn’t interested.
"He was in Texas as a junior when we were looking at him," explained Petersen. "He transferred and chose Fresno. There are some pretty strong bloodlines there, but we did look at him and we knew about him and thought he was a heck of a player in high school."
"Coach Petersen knows that I have the most respect for him because I've talked to him. I’ve talked to him a whole bunch," stated Carr. "I root for you guys, I really do... Except that one time of year, I can’t stand you guys. I hate the color blue that day."
Instead of playing for the Broncos, Carr has spent his collegiate career being tormented by them. He enters Friday's game 0-3 against Boise State.
"I hate losing. I hate it. No matter what it is. I won’t even let my wife beat me at anything. I hate losing," he explained. "But when (Boise State) came back to the conference, I was happy. I saw the schedule and I was like ‘Yeah, I get another shot at ‘em.'”
Although he hasn't beaten Boise State, Carr said Bronco nation has always treated him with respect.
"Your fans are always awesome. Your fans are always so nice to me. Your community is always so sweet to me and my family, and it means the world to me that you guys are always so nice to us," he said.
"Now that my grandmother remarried, we’ve got some family in Idaho now, so I’m kind of torn... Nah, i’m just kidding."