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Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr ready for NFL return to Aloha Stadium

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

With quarterbacks like Eli Manning and Tyrod Taylor to share snaps with, it's unlikely Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will spend Sunday's Pro Bowl throwing for the 324 yards he did in his last visit to Aloha Stadium.

Carr, who traveled to Hawaii this week after being selected to his first Pro Bowl, last played in Halawa more than two years ago as the starting quarterback for the Fresno State. For Carr, that visit included a 42-37 victory for the Bulldogs over the then-winless Rainbow Warriors, who finished the season 1-11. 

Carr, who also traveled to Hawaii to play the Rainbow Warriors back in 2011, says he has fond memories of the Hawaii faithful at Aloha Stadium. 

"I always loved the fans here," said Carr with a smirk. "They knew everything about me, and they're so close to the bench, I always had a good time talking with them during games, so hopefully a few of them will be out again."

He added, looking directly at the camera, "so I hope I see you guys."

Carr went on to lead Fresno State to Mountain West conference championship that season before being picked by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He says he, just like most other collegiate players who pass through Aloha Stadium, hoped to one day return as an NFL star for the Pro Bowl."

"Every time I would come on the field, I would dream of those things," Carr told Hawaii News Now. "'One day I'm gonna play in the Pro Bowl here,' and now that it's really going to happen, it's really cool."

Now that he's here, paired on the same team as some of the league's best receivers, including Odell Beckham, Jr., Carr says he can't wait to throw passes on the turf at Aloha Stadium to a familiar face.

"Oh, man, I always want to throw to Coop [Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, who is also making his first Pro Bowl appearance]. Everyone keeps asking, 'Who do you want to throw to?' I want to throw to my guy Coop."

He'll get a chance to do exactly that during the Pro Bowl; he and Cooper were both selected as members of Team Rice and will play alongside Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack and cornerback Charles Woodson on Sunday.

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