MARTIN, Tenn. – UT Martin Quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 3,276 yards and 31 touchdowns, and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin were named the TSWA Player of the Year and College Football Coach, respectively in a vote by Tennessee Sports Writers Association members.
Carr, a 6-foot-1 senior from McKenzie, had a completion percentage of 63.6 percent (264 of 415), while throwing only eight interceptions. He was a second-team All-OVC selection and guided the Skyhawks to an 8-3 overall record and 6-2 conference record.
Carr was part of two of the Ohio Valley Conference’s most memorable games. He completed 42 of 46 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns in a 66-59 win over Murray State. Against Jacksonville State, Carr completed 28 of 43 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.
Carr played in the 2012 FCS Senior Bowl and leaves Martin with five career records.
Franklin, who led the Commodores to their most wins in a season since 1915, was a runaway winner for the honor, with MTSU’s Rick Stockstill being a distant second in the voting of TSWA members.
In Franklin’s second year as coach, Vanderbilt closed with a seven-game winning streak, including a 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.