Alex Carder Interview
QB / Western Michigan / SR

Updated - 6-10-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Alex Carder:  6’2, 223 and my last forty was a 4.7.

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Alex Carder:  I had only one offer from Western Michigan.  I got offered the summer before my senior year.  I committed to them early.  I went on a visit and I accepted their offer a week later.  There wasn’t a whole lot of interest there from other schools.

Alex Khvatov:  Are you happy with the decision that you made by coming to Western Michigan?

Alex Carder:  Yes, of course.  I wasn’t happy with where I was as a football player when I was coming out of high school.  I wasn’t much of an athlete.  I became a much better athlete at Western Michigan.  I started to learn and study the game.  I became a student of the game here. 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your junior season during which your team had a 7-6 overall record. 

Alex Carder:  We didn’t reach our full potential.  We left some points off the scoreboard.  We could have won another three games.  If we did that, we could have won 10 games.  WR Jordan White was a great weapon for us.  I made errors last year.  I turned the ball over.  I need to improve.     


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for the senior season?

Alex Carder:  We are young and talented.  We could have a special season with the right leadership.  We have the right pieces.  We just need to execute and focus on the little things.  I need to put our team in position to win football games.  I need to be a veteran for the younger guys.  This is our year.  The ultimate goal is to win a MAC championship.  It is the only goal that I worry about.        

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Alex Carder:  I communicate effectively.  I am pretty good at putting people in the right places on the field.  I know where the players need to line up.  I am pretty accurate.  I can run with the football.  I am not Michael Vick, but I can tuck the ball and get yards when I have to. 

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Alex Carder:  My decision making needs to improve.  I need to read the field better.  I need to make more consistent decisions.  I can do a lot better in that aspect.  I need to improve my arm strength.  I have been working on my strength in the off-season.  I have been working on my conditioning.  In the past, I have gotten a little tired in the fourth quarter.  We do run a fast paced offense, but being tired impairs you to make better decisions.  I am currently in the best shape of my life.  I want to give it my all.  It is my senior year.  It is my last opportunity to play college football.

Alex Khvatov:  You set a school record with 3,873 passing yards last year, how proud are you of it?

Alex Carder:  I didn’t know that.  I guess it feels nice.  It is a huge honor.  It is a huge testament to my teammates.  It is a team game.  But yards are yards.  I am more concerned with wins and losses.  That is where the worth of the team lies. 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Alex Carder:  I hope to have better highlights this season.  It was a thrill beating Central Michigan at home.  I will never forget that day.  We lost so many years to Central.  We had so much built up anger.  We finally beat them.  It felt great.  The UConn game also brings back a lot of memories.  We came back from a 21-point deficit.  We proved that we have the capabilities of beating bigger teams.  A lot of people say that we are not a BCS team and that we are from the MAC.  We are always fighting to gain respect.


Alex Khvatov:  Which players on your team are ready to have a breakout season?

Alex Carder:  Defensively S Johnnie Simon, S Justin Currie, DE Freddie Bishop and LB Chris Prom.  OT Dann O’Neill is good.  I like his attitude and love for the game.  WR Eric Monette is a stud.  He is getting better every day. 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about football?

Alex Carder:  I like the feeling after you score a touchdown.  I like the feeling when our team scores a touchdown.  There is no better feeling in the world than when you are winning games.  I started playing this game when I was seven years old.  It is the greatest game in the world.  Everyone needs to be on the same page working to achieve the same goal.  I touch the ball on every play.  But there are positional players like OL and DL that don’t touch the ball, and they still love this game.  That is amazing to me.  There is so much commitment involved.  Football affects people’s lives whether they are playing it or watching it.  I am no different.  This game is just so close to me.

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Alex Carder:  I am a die hard Chiefs fan.  It is my team.  They didn’t have a good draft this year.  But they found the right coach.  I like Romeo Crennel.

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Alex Carder:  I have a few.  Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and Jared Allen.

Alex Khvatov:  What does it take to be a leader?

Alex Carder:  It is someone who leads by example.  You need to be humble and modest.  You need to give credit where credit is due.  My yard accomplishments don’t mean anything if my offensive line isn’t blocking for me or the WR’s aren’t catching.  Everyone needs to do their job.  A leader needs to play this game with urgency.  A leader has to communicate and everyone needs to understand what I am thinking.  Receivers need to know what’s inside my head.  You need to tell the truth to your teammates even if they don’t want to hear it.  I have accepted responsibility in college and have become a better leader. 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Alex Carder:  I like to stay pretty active.  I go mountain biking with my dad when I am home.  I play beach volleyball in the summer.  I also play Frisbee golf which is popular around Michigan.


Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual?

Alex Carder:  I am a pretty good artist.  It doesn’t require too much effort from my side.  I can draw or paint.  I could possibly make a career out of it.  I feel relaxed doing it.  It relieves stress.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do after your football career is over?   

Alex Carder: I am an organizational communications major with a minor in business.  I want to get into sports broadcasting when I am done with football.  I am planning to have the longest career in football.  It is my goal.  When it ends, I plan to get into sports broadcasting.  It is right up my alley.

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Alex Carder is….

Alex Carder:  I am a family-oriented person.  Family is my biggest priority.  Football is a close second.  I try to be as aware as possible.  My personality is perfect for what QB is all about.  I love to play football.  It is what I am.  I want to make my stamp in this game.  But family still comes first.


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