LAS VEGAS -- Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr revealed at Mountain West media day on Monday that he played all of last season with a painful abdominal tear.

"The bottom of my ab ripped off during training camp so I had to play all year with it," Carr said.

Carr still threw for 4,104 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to a three-way share of the Mountain West title. He was named the conference's offensive player of the year last year and was also earned the preseason honor this season.

He said only his coaches, trainers and wife knew about the injury, which by the third week of the season forced him to modify what he did in practice.

"I didn't want to tell anybody because I didn't want it to distract our team," Carr said.

The injury caused pain with nearly everything he did.

"It hurt to sneeze, let alone play football," Carr said.

Surgery, which he had in the offseason and has him at 100 percent, likely would've cost him the entire season. He said the pain worsened as the season went along.

Now healthy, he said he'll be more mobile and more able to elude the pass rush. He's also excited to have former fellow Western Athletic Conference members San Jose State and Utah State in the Mountain West.

"It's cool, it's like the old WAC now, we've just got a different name," Carr said.

He enjoyed getting to interact with some of the quarterbacks in attendance at media day and said he wishes the talented group luck in every game but one.


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"I try to get to know these guys on a personal level," Carr said. "I don't get really care about the football. I wish them all the best of luck. I hope they all play for the next 20 years. But when the game comes on, I don't wish them luck."

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