Former star quarterback back to help at UT Martin
MARTIN, TN -- As three quarterbacks fight for the starting job at UT Martin, they are getting a lot of help from the guy they are trying to replace, Derek Carr.
"The hours are different," Carr said about being a Graduate Assistant this year. "You come in and practice, then your finished for the rest of the day until meetings that night."
Carr, who holds almost every record for a Skyhawk quarterback, is in his first year as a Graduate Assistant and has already had an impact.
"He has helped me with my film study," Sophomore Quarterback Jared Neal said. "He helps me see things on the field I didn't see last year or in the spring."
Carr's biggest role this year has come as a mentor.
"We discuss things off the field as well as what's going on at practice," Carr said. "Just getting to know each of them as a group of guys not individually."
"That's probably something that Derek wished he had when he was a player," Head Coach Jason Simpson said. "Someone who can help with that much experience in our system is a huge advantage."
Last year, Carr threw every pass for the Skyhawks. Now it's part of his job to get the starting quarterback ready once that person is named.
"The game is a whole different thing," Carr said. "They will have to learn and get experience quickly. Whoever gets the job will be ok."
And when they do name the starter, Carr will be his biggest supporter, as a coach.
"It's a different aspect," Carr said. "It's a different challenge trying to coach guys up to be efficient and get the ball where it needs to go."