Carr Confident After Two Weeks of Practice

Terrell Carr started the 2008 season in the shadows of cornerback Omar Bolden. Now a senior, Carr is hoping to have an even bigger impact on defense this year.

Most junior college transfers come into programs with unfair hype and expectations already surrounding them. Terrell Carr was one of those players and was signed by the Sun Devils from Pasadena (Calif.) Community College to fill the shoes of another JUCO transfer, Justin Tryon.

Carr was able to sign early with ASU and enroll early for the spring semester in 2008. This enabled the corner to participate in spring ball and get a head start on learning the new system. While sophomore Omar Bolden had one of the starting spots already nailed down, Carr and surprise walk-on Pierre Singfield battled for the other.

The fight for the other starting cornerback job continued through fall practice before head coach Dennis Erickson finally named Singfield the season opener starter. However, it wasn't long until Carr got his shot. Singfield struggled and the two rotated in and out of the spot before Carr ran away with the job.

Carr found a healthy amount of success and showed flashes of being a shut down corner. Now entering his second year and final year as a Sun Devil, he is continuing to perform well and seems to have the starting position in hand.

"I feel real good," said Carr. "We have advanced ahead as far as where we were last year. We made a lot of improvements but we still have a lot of work to do. We just have to keep working."

Carr impressed yet again in Saturday's scrimmage, recording three tackles (one for loss) and deflecting two passes.

"For the first real scrimmage it wasn't so bad," Carr stated. "The defense flew around. Offensively they picked it up from where they had been. We were expecting to dominate them with how we had been doing in practice but they stepped it up and made us worked a little bit. It really shows us as a defense where we are and where we need to improve a little bit."

It is often said that a junior college player needs one year to transition to the level of NCAA football before he really realizes his potential. While Carr might have blossomed earlier than some, the importance of already being in Tempe for a year is not lost on the diminutive cornerback.

"I feel a lot more comfortable," Carr confessed. "I know (Cornerbacks coach Greg Burns) systems, schemes, and coaching styles. Now I can just go out there and make plays. Now that it's my second year in the system that's what Coach Burns and (Defensive Coordinator Craig) Bray wants me to do, make plays."

Carr noted he also took advantage of the off-season to hone his skills and improve as a player.

"I improved my knowledge of the game," he said. "I'm trying to pick up what's going to happen before it happens as far as what the offense is trying to do. Really I just improved my overall knowledge of football and offensive schemes."

As the 2009 campaign approaches, Carr remains motivated using a team focus to improve upon a rather disastrous 2008 season that saw the Sun Devils fail to reach the post-season for the first time since 2003. Arizona State also finished under .500 after starting the season ranked in the Top 25.

"I have a lot of personal goals but really I just want to win," Carr said. "I really don't want to get into my personal goals. I just want to win. Five wins wasn't good enough last year so we're going to take it one game at a time, hopefully get up to around ten victories."

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