Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr is having some kind of season.
The former walk-on, who once sat out for fear of ending his piano career, currently leads the Big Ten in receiving with 878 yards and nine touchdowns.
Defenses simply haven’t found a way to stop him, including Ohio State’s which gave up 158 yards to Carr last week.
A case could be made that Northwestern’s go-to player is the best receiver in college football, and the numbers put together by the analysts at Pro Football Focus certainly back that up.
Carr has an overall grade of 89.9, which is the highest in the nation.
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 3, 2016
In particular, he’s been fantastic at getting open on deep routes, and Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson is finding him. From PFF:
While Carr does have some production on underneath, his numbers on intermediate and deep routes is staggering, in particular to the middle of the field. On intermediate and deep shots (throws at least 10 yards through the air from the line of scrimmage) between the numbers, he has caught 16 of 23 targets for 389 yards and five of his nine touchdowns. This includes going four-for-four on deep shots (throws at least 20 yards through the air) for 110 yards and two scores.
The article also points out that Thorson has a 128.0 QB rating when throwing to Carr, and Carr is averaging 3.27 yards per route run — second-best in the nation.
Carr will certainly be tested this week against Wisconsin’s secondary, a matchup that should make for must-watch TV.
Now, if only we could get the incredibly cool former NBA player and current Cleveland Cavaliers analyst who shares his name to call Northwestern games.