Carder Invited To NFL Combine
Jan. 7, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU linebacker Tank Carder has been invited to the 2012 National Football League Combine Feb. 22-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The last four starting linebackers to leave TCU all made NFL rosters (David Hawthorne, Robert Henson, Jason Phillips, Daryl Washington). Hawthorne and Washington led the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, respectively, in tackles this season. Phillips is still active as well, playing for the Carolina Panthers in 2011.
A two-time All-America selection, Carder was also the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons. He was the 2011 Rose Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player after TCU's 21-19 victory over Wisconsin. He broke up the Badgers' potential game-tying 2-point pass with exactly two minutes to play while recording six tackles in the contest, including three for loss with a sack.
Carder tied for second on TCU with 70 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss, this season. He returned both his picks for touchdowns and is TCU's career leader with three interception returns for touchdowns.
Carder's 228 career stops were the most by a Horned Frog since Phillips (315) and Henson (272) concluded their TCU careers in 2008.
TCU went 47-5 in Carder's four seasons while leading the nation in total defense three times.
As the Horned Frogs' head coach, Gary Patterson has had 29 players drafted with a total of 60 in NFL camps.