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PHOTO GALLERY: Learning from the best at Carr's camp

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    David Carr, left, Eric Mehanke, center, and Derek Carr pray over participants of the morning session at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakresfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Eric Mahanke, center, shares some pointers with campers at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp as David Carr, left, and Derek Carr, right, watch Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Camp instructors Eric Mahanke, right, and Don Kessler share a laugh during the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Derek Carr seems happy after one of his quarterbacks hits the mark at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp at Bakersfield Christian High Saturday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Derek Carr looks on as a quarterback works on a drill at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp at Bakersfield Christian High Saturday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Derek Carr waits for his group to start another drill at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday morning at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    David Carr gives directions to a quarterback during the morning session in the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp at Bakersfield Christian High Saturday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Rodger Carr works with a young quarterback Saturday morning at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Young quarterbacks work on a drill in the morning session of the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    David Carr gives instructions to participants at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp held at Bakersfield Christian High Saturday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Freshman quarterback Aries Harris of South High gets a pass off during drills in the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield High Senior Noah Holle works on a passing drill during the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Lucas Kincheloturk, 11, gets a picture with brothers Derek Carr, left, and David Carr at the end of the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    An early session quarterback gets a pass off during drills Saturday morning at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp at Bakersfield Christian High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Roger Carr cheers for one of his quarterbacks to make the throw into the can during drills at the Carr Elite Quarterback and Receiver's camp Saturday at Bakersfield Christian High.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Cleveland. Connecticut. Camp.

That was the itinerary for one of the busiest, most nerve-racking weeks of Derek Carr's life, but he left no doubt Saturday at the first Carr Elite football camp at Bakersfield Christian where his priorities lay.

"Hey, we worked the schedule around the camp," said Carr, a BCHS graduate who figures to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. "We wanted to be here for the kids. We had some things come up, and we had to say no."

Carr met with the Cleveland Browns, who own the fourth and 26th pick in the first round, earlier in the week, and he spent Friday in Bristol, Conn., doing multiple interviews for ESPN. He flew back to Fresno and arrived at 2 a.m. Saturday morning before driving to Bakersfield in the morning.

More than a hundred youth football players age 9 through high school came to the camp, which delivered professional level training from Carr and his older brother David, the top pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Also instructing were Carr Elite trainer Eric Mahanke, a former Fresno State wide receiver; USC quarterback and Centennial graduate Cody Kessler; Liberty football coach Bryan Nixon; and former Stockdale coach Dave Lonsinger.

"We've got a great group, a great staff, people that just work their tails off," David Carr said. "It makes our job easier. We just have to show up and coach football, and we've been doing that since we were little. We want to help these kids, no matter what they choose to do."

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