Derek Carr didn’t play in a Power 5 conference, but judging by his current NFL trajectory, that didn’t matter much.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback made a short trip to Berkeley on Monday to speak to the California Golden Bears as they opened spring practice and brought with him plenty of professional wisdom. Among it, a simple but universal lesson to human success: eat right and get your rest.
“For him to just be able to share his knowledge of the game and his lifestyle was huge for us,” redshirt junior Luc Bequette said. “He was really stressing that little things like nutrition and sleep are all that matter. That really spoke to me because that really is something that I need to work on. He really was talking about being the best you can possibly be.”
Bequette, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive end, saw his most productive season in 2017, racking up 27 tackles and 2 sacks. At 300 pounds, it’s possible an adjustment in nutrition and sleep could make all the difference for him in 2018.
Carr elaborated, talking about living a disciplined life and focusing on one thing “and dominating it.” His speech comes off a down year for he and the Raiders, which wasn’t too far off from what Justin Wilcox’s Cal Golden Bears experienced with a 5-7 finish in 2017.
No better time than now for one of the NFL’s promising young quarterbacks to visit his pigskin neighbors to provide a little inspiration as each attempts to improve in 2018.
“It’s time for us to take the next step,” Wilcox said. “Where we finished last year simply isn’t good enough. We’ve got to get better across the board … the entire program has to improve.”
Improving begins with spring ball — and continues, as Carr said, with the right nutrition and rest.
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