Davante Adams and Derek Carr: A Look Back at Their Fresno State Days

Davante Adams and Derek Carr are reunited at long last.

The former Fresno State Bulldogs are teaming up on the Las Vegas Raiders following a massive blockbuster deal. The Raiders sent a first and second-round pick to the Packers for Adams and wasted no time in signing him to a monster long-term contract to make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

The desire of both Carr and Adams to play together in the NFL finally becomes a reality. Also, the AFC West adds another star to the division in what has been an unreal few weeks.

As Adams and Carr prepare for what could be a long time together in Sin City, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at their time together with the Bulldogs.

Davante Adams set all kinds of records at Fresno State with Derek Carr as his QB

Adams’ numbers at Fresno State look like video game numbers. In 2012, he had 100-plus catches and over 1,000 yards. But, in 2013, he went even more nuclear with 131 catches, 1,719 yards, and 24 touchdowns.

Adams was unstoppable in the Mountain West Conference, and time and time again, Carr would just heave passes deep down the field and hope Adams came down with them.

Well, more often than not, he did just that.

Here are a few game lines from Adams’ time at Fresno State (catches, yards, touchdowns):

  • 7/118/2
  • 8/102
  • 11/86/1
  • 9/198/2
  • 6/93/1
  • 9/120/1
  • 9/141/2
  • 13/144/1
  • 14/148/2
  • 12/110/1
  • 16/185/3
  • 8/221/4 (!!!!)
  • 9/246/4 (!!!)
  • 13/264/3
  • 9/168/1

That was in just two seasons at Fresno State. Adams had two four-touchdown performances and just crushed opposing defenses every single week.

Now, Adams and Carr try to replicate this success in Las Vegas.

Derek Carr enjoyed a ton of success at Fresno State, and he can thank Davante Adams for a lot of that

The Bulldogs were dynamic with these two together, and it is no surprise that both players have enjoyed remarkable careers in the NFL.

The QB-WR duo had all sorts of chemistry and led the Bulldogs to a Mountain West Championship. Unfortunately, their final game will be remembered as an ugly defeat to USC at the Las Vegas Bowl.

Still, the duo combined for an unreal amount of yards and touchdowns, and Raiders fans everywhere must be smiling brightly thinking about what could be at Allegiant Stadium.

Carr’s final year in Fresno was magnificent, and he enjoyed some video game numbers himself (with Adams on the receiving end more often than not).

  • 2011 season: 3,544 yards, 26 TD, nine INT
  • 2012 season: 4,104 yards, 37 TD, seven INT
  • 2013 season: 5,083 yards, 50 TD, eight INT

Adams was not catching passes from Carr in 2011, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that his numbers were low that year.

Those 2013 numbers were eye-popping, and he and Adams were one of the best duos in the entire country. Yet, Carr slid to the second round in the 2014 NFL Draft for some reason. Then, Adams heard his name called shortly after with the 21st pick in the second round.

The Fresno State duo has been waiting to play together for a long time and now get the shot in Las Vegas

Davante Adams and Derek Carr are together again.
Derek Carr and Davante Adams at Fresno State | Craig Kohlruss/ Thearon W. Henderson/ Craig Kohlruss/Fresno Bee/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/ Getty Images

This has been a long time in coming. Adams and Carr enjoyed every second together in their college days. Then, they kept talking about linking up in the NFL.

Then the Packers placed the franchise tag on Adams, and Aaron Rodgers returned to Green Bay. It looked like Adams and Rodgers would run it back one more time. Then, Adams expressed that he wouldn’t play on the tag and hoped for a long-term deal.

Well, the Packers didn’t budge, and Adams’ desire to play with Carr was the final factor in his departure from Green Bay.

Adams also bought a house in Las Vegas earlier in the offseason, and the hope is that the Raiders can ink Carr to a long-term deal to keep this duo together for years to come.

Of course, college statistics are inflated — especially in the Mountain West Conference — but let’s not forget how dynamic these guys were together.

If the Raiders can unlock the relationship these guys had a decade ago, things will look even scarier in Las Vegas. The AFC West isn’t playing around.

Stats Courtesy of Sports Reference

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