Alex Carder is a developmental NFL quarterback, but after an illustrious career at Western Michigan, there is plenty to like about his game.
Standing 6'2'' and weighing around 225 pounds, Carder isn't the biggest signal-caller, and he may be more physically limited than others, but he completed more than 63 percent of his passes and threw 74 touchdowns in three full seasons as the Broncos' starter.
Unfortunately, after two magnificent seasons in Kalamazoo, he was forced to undergo surgery on his throwing hand after injuring his finger against UConn in 2012.
Here are some of the top plays of Alex Carder's collegiate career.
This play was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter as the show focused on Western Michigan wideout Jordan White, but Carder's throw was actually highlighted.
On what looked to be a post to the goal line, Carder fired a bullet out of the reach of the lunging cornerback and in front of the converging safety.
This was certainly an NFL-caliber strike.
On this play, Carder initially wanted to throw to his left, but he changed his mind at the last moment and tucked the ball away to scramble to the right.
He astutely kept his head downfield and fired a bullet to White amidst a group of Ball State defenders for the first down.
This wasn't the most difficult throw of Carder's career, but it's one he'll need to make in the NFL.
He looked over the middle for White, his favorite target, but had to wait until the receiver passed the underneath linebacker.
Then Carder delivered a perfectly timed pass with ideal touch between two defensive backs for the touchdown.
On this pass, Carder hit White on a crossing route over the middle.
Accuracy and velocity were vital on this throw, because the Miami of Ohio outside linebacker read Carder's eyes and began running toward the sideline in hopes of undercutting the route.
But Carder beamed the football to his intended target on time and led him beautifully, which allowed the receiver to pick up plenty of yards after the catch.
Carder isn't Colin Kaepernick 2.0, and there's a good chance he'll never run the football out of the read-option in the NFL.
However, despite not being super nimble or blessed with awe-inspiring straight-line speed, he is a natural runner with vision and toughness—essentially a staple of many MAC quarterbacks.
On this play against Bowling Green in 2011, Carder couldn't find anyone to his right, so he quickly morphed into a running back and cut back against the grain.
Instead of sliding for a modest gain, he turned upfield and actually stiff-armed the defensive back as he was shoved out of bounds.