November 2010 Archives

    SWIMMING SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Morillo


    Major: Kinesiology

    Dream Job: Own my own gym.


    Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: Time spent with teammates and achieving goals together. 

    Something no one knows about me: I don't eat mammals!

    Something everyone should know about being a swimmer:
    It's not like any other type of sport you  may have tried.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex:
    Just having the pool at our convenience always!

    Best thing about being a swimmer: You don't feel guilty about eating whatever, we burn it off in the pool anyways.

    You know you've a swimmer when...
    You have X and O tan lines on your back.

    Best moment as a Bulldog swimmer: Competing at WAC Championship and swimming lifetime bests.

    DIVING SPOTLIGHT: Hannah Prigge



    Major: Business/ Marketing

    Dream Job: Marketing in Fashion


    Favorite part about being a Bulldog diver: The bond between the team.

    Something no one knows about me: I was born in Minnesota.

    Something everyone should know about being a diver:
    It's a great view from the 10-meter board.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming/diving complex:
    Getting a platform and a hot tub!

    Best thing about being a diver: We get to flip around at practice.

    You know you're a diver when...
    You are tan all the time.

    Best moment as a Bulldog diver: Signing with Fresno State.

    The buzz around the 2011 baseball season is starting early and the talk includes a couple of Bulldogs. The College Baseball Blog began releasing its Top 100 baseball players for the 2011 and a couple of Fresno State players made the list. The 2010 home run king Jordan Ribera ranks No. 74 and Dusty Robinson comes in at No. 79.

    Both have been named All-Americans in their careers at Fresno State. Each has also won numerous Western Athletic Conference titles. Ribera also has a National Title and WAC MVP trophy to add to his resume.

    The 2011 season opens in late Feb. Look for complete schedule and roster details soon on

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    With an early 1-1 record, seven newcomers and only three returners expected to play in tonight's game oceanside at UC Santa Barbara, the waters could get choppy really quick or the Bulldogs could find some calm waters to make a statement during the first past of this season.

    Before this morning's shootaround in the Thunderdome, which is outfitted with a truly unique and rustic flavor highlighted by a wood ceiling and cross beams in the rafters, the Dogs' head coach Steve Cleveland took a moment to reflect for some inspiration.

    The concept is simple: when the times get tough, the steady handed show their maturity with composure to maneuver through any turbulence or adversity.

    Over the past six years, Cleveland's program is one of the examples that it requires resolve to turn the corner from challenges of the past and move forward into the present and future.

    To take that step, Fresno State must now find consistent success on the floor.  Their academic turnaround is the nation's best, the sanctions are gone and the necessary talent is in uniform.   With unquestioned passion and a surge inserted into the Bulldogs' energy level, Cleveland is back into prime form.  He is the first to admit that he loves coaching day-to-day now more than he ever has in his over 30 years of winning championships at the college, junior college and high school levels.  He can just feel the potential to deliver a winner for his hometown and Bulldog community.

    The Dogs face a stretch of playing four of the next five games on the road.  The page may not turn over the next few weeks, but each of these experiences will be critical when conference play starts Dec. 29 in the Save Mart Center when WAC rival San Jose State visits town.

    But for now, the comforts of home are a distant memory.  The ride will be long and there will be speed bumps along the way.  However, with conviction and desire, the Bulldogs have shown they can find their way by fastening their seat belts and displaying poise under pressure.

    Note: You can listen to Fresno State's men's basketball road game at UCSB on KMJ 580 AM or online at (a subscription is required).  Live stats are available for free through Gametracker at
    By Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    4147445.jpeg      Three former Bulldogs, Ajirotutu (89), Mathews (24) and Volek (7), play for the San Diego Chargers

    This Sunday as you flip through the channels of your NFL Sunday Ticket package, you will more than likely stumble across a player or two or eighteen who played at Fresno State during their collegiate career. Currently there are 18 former Bulldog athletes who are on 11 different NFL rosters, line-up on offense, defense or specials teams and range from rookie to 14-year veteran.  Here is a look into what they have been up to this past year in the NFL.

    Even though this year's former Bulldog rookie class is highlighted by running back Ryan Mathews, first-round pick by the San Diego Chargers, others have emerged like wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, a teammate of Mathew's on the Chargers, and punter Robert Malone of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Mathews, the No. 12 pick of the 2010 draft, is off to a solid start for the Chargers in their backfield. Mathews has racked up 382 yards on 87 rushing attempts and 92 yards on 15 receptions.  He has also punched in two rushing touchdowns. Mathews has played in all but one game which he missed due to a right ankle injury he suffered Week 2 against Jacksonville.     

    Ajirotutu, a native of El Dorado Hills, Calif., is coming off the best game of his young career two weeks ago in Houston.  Seyi made headlines by catching four passes for 111 yards and two scores to help the Chargers edge out the Texans 29-23. Ajirotutu, who averaged 16.9 yards per reception during his career at Fresno State, is averaging 20.6 yards per reception for San Diego with a long of 55 yards.

    Malone, a four-year player for the Bulldogs, was picked up by Tampa Bay right before Week 6 and started every game since. He is averaging 42.2 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards and averaged 44.3 yards per punt this last week against Carolina in a 31-16 win. Malone will travel back to his home state this week as the Buccaneers face the 49ers Sunday in San Francisco.

    A former Bulldog who is on pace to have a career season is 5th year defensive back Richard Marshall of the Carolina Panthers. Marshall, a second-round pick by Carolina, already has racked up 49 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. He has recorded 12 tackles and a 66-yard interception return in his previous two games.

    Tight end Bear Pascoe of the New York Giants made the switch to fullback mid-way through this season when starter Madison Hedgecock was sidelined with a strained hamstring. His blocking has helped put the Giants in the top five for rushing at this point in the season.

    Teammates Logan MankinsJames Sanders and center Ryan Wendell are part of the reason why the New Patriots are 7-2 and tied for the best record in the NFL.

    Mankins, the No. 32 pick in the 2005 draft by the Patriots, has only played in his guard position the last two weeks. His blocking this past Sunday opened up holes for the running backs and protected quarterback Tom Brady to propel New England to a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  

    Sanders, a strong safety drafted in the fourth-round by the Patriots also in 2005, contributed to the win against the Steelers with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.  He notched nine tackles in his last two games and has accumulated 30 tackles on the season.

    Other sets of teammates include nose tackle Bryan Robinson. tight end Stephen Spach and cornerback A.J. Jefferson of the Arizona Cardinals and cornerback Tyrone Culver and wide receiver Marlon Moore of the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Billy Volek, a former Clovis West standout, is teammates with Mathews and Ajirotutu on the Chargers.  

    Robinson and Volek are the only former Bulldogs currently in the NFL who have been playing for over 10 years but there have been others who have been playing on Sundays for a while. Former No.1 pick David Carr, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the league nine years, outside linebacker Sam Williams has been in for eight, all with the Oakland Raiders, and wide receiver Bernard Berrian of the Minnesota Vikings and running back Derrick Ward of the Houston Texans have been pro for seven years. 

    Below is a list of the former Bulldogs currently in the NFL:

    •    Seyi Ajirotutu - WR, San Diego Chargers, Rookie
    •    Bernard Berrian - WR, Minnesota Vikings, 7th year
    •    David Carr - QB, San Francisco 49ers, 9th year
    •    Tyrone Culver - CB, Miami Dolphins, 5th year
    •    A.J. Jefferson - CB, Arizona Cardinals, Rookie
    •    Robert Malone - P, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rookie
    •    Logan Mankins - G, New England Patriots, 6th year
    •    Richard Marshall - CB, Carolina Panthers, 5th year
    •    Ryan Mathews - RB, San Diego Chargers, Rookie
    •    Marlon Moore - WR, Miami Dolphins, Rookie
    •    Bear Pascoe - TE, New York Giants, 2nd year
    •    Bryan Robinson - NT, Arizona Cardinals, 14th year
    •    James Sanders - SS, New England Patriots, 6th year
    •    Stephen Spach - TE, Arizona Cardinals, 5th year
    •    Billy Volek - QB, San Diego Chargers, 11th year
    •    Derrick Ward - RB, Houston Texans, 7th year
    •    Ryan Wendell - C, New England Patriots, 2nd year
    •    Sam Williams - OLB, Oakland Raiders, 8th year  

    The Fresno State football team entered Bronco Stadium two hours prior to kickoff Friday night in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldogs will be wearing their white uniform jerseys with red pants. The Broncos will be wearing orange jerseys and orange pants.

    According to Boise State media relations, the Broncos have never worn orange at home. Also, the last time the Broncos lost at home was in 2005, when they wore white uniforms as the designated visiting team during the Humanitarian Bowl.

    The red pants Fresno State is wearing is a common uniform combination under Pat Hill, but marks the first time this year the Bulldogs have worn red pants.

    It is finally the best part of the fall season where everyone is preparing for one of the largest feasting days of the year.  Family recipes will be coming out of the books and will be put to great use during this holiday season.  The Fresno State Alumni Association is putting together an Alumni cookbook for Fresno State supporters and are interested in your favorite recipes to help make this book a treat for all Bulldog fans. 

    You can submit your favorite recipes by:
    *Mail to Fresno State Cookbook, Smittcamp Alumni House, 2625 East Matoian Way SH124, Fresno, California 93740.
    *Fax to
    *Online at
    *Email the recipe to

    Be sure to include your name, ingredients, recipe, and your relationship to Fresno State.

    Senior equestrian captain Jillian Tebbe already submitted her favorite recipe to make Sweet Rasberry Biscuits.
    Sweet Raspberry Biscuits
    (12 biscuits)
    2 cups Bisquick baking mix
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/4 cup margarine or butter
    2/3 cup milk
    raspberry preserves
    vanilla glaze

    -Line cupcake tin with paper cups.
    Mix baking mix, sugar and margarine until crumbly.
    Add milk and stir until dough forms.

    -Place 1 tablespoon dough in each cup.
    Top with 1 teaspoon of preserves.
    Drop remaining dough onto preserves.

    -Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
    Immediately move from pan and spread
    glaze while warm.

    -Vanilla Glaze:
    Beat 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon
    of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla till

    Don't miss out on being a part of this delicious Fresno State creation!  

    By Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    The Fresno State men's basketball team is looking forward to playing in the friendly confines of the Save Mart Center this Wednesday night against the NAIA's Vanguard Lions. The home opener is exactly what the Bulldogs need after last Friday's 83-56 season opening loss to BYU in front of 22,700 raucous Cougar fans all dressed in white.  

    Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Steve ClevelandFresno State has been dominant in home openers, especially in recent years. The Bulldogs are 65-19 in the history of the program and an impressive 5-0 in head coach Steve Cleveland's era. The average margin of victory has been 12.8 points in those five games. The Dogs have not lost the first game of the season on their home court since 1999 when they came up short to Pepperdine, 70-68.

      Home Opener Results: Cleveland Era






    Oregon State

    W 80-73


    Winston-Salem State

    W 85-63



    W 75-68


    Sacramento State

    W 77-65


    San Francisco State

    W 65-59

    Last season the Bulldogs opened up at home against San Francisco State and held off the Gators for a 65-59 win. Center Greg Smith made his presence known in his collegiate debut by recording a double-double. Smith scored 17 points on six for six from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, four of which were offensive boards, and blocked five shots.  

    Six new faces saw playing time for the Bulldogs in their season opener at No. 24 BYU: junior guard Jonathan Wills, junior guard Tim Steed, junior guard Bennie Rhodes, freshman guard Tyler Johnson, freshman guard Kevin Olekaibe and freshman forward Bracken Funk. Senior forward Ned Golubovic led the team in points (12), three-point field-goals (two) and rebounds (eight).  

    This will be the first time Fresno State and Vanguard have faced each other. The Lions are 1-1 on the season with a 73-69 victory over Montana State Northern and an 85-49 loss to Westminster of Utah. Senior forward Alex Chapman, a transfer from the University of Nebraska, is the Lion's leading scorer and rebounder averaging 18 points and seven boards per game.

    Former Bulldog Taylor Kelly, a sophomore guard from Bakersfield, Calif., is making his first appearance in Fresno since transferring to Vanguard this past year.

    "Taylor has a great work ethic, attitude and is an outstanding student in the classroom," Coach Cleveland said of Kelly. "I enjoyed coaching him every day and know he will be successful on and off the floor."

    The game will be played this Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Save Mart Center. It is the second leg of a double-header tipped off by the women's basketball team taking on Cal Poly. The slated start time is 8 p.m. but is subject to change depending on when the women finish.

    Fans who bring a canned food item for the Bulldog Pantry before the end of the first half of the women's game will receive free admission to the doubleheader. After halftime of the women's game, a canned food item will get fans half off their ticket for the remainder of the night.

    Name: Lauren Carr
    Year: Sophomore
    Position: Equitation on the Flat

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Cheng Ko, he is not really my teacher but my athletic advisor and he has helped me so much since I have been at Fresno State. He fully supports the equestrian team and is there for any class crisis whenever we need him.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    Hopefully continue on to get my masters and eventually become a criminal profiler.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The way the whole school and valley supports athletics. It's amazing to see how many fans turn out for the games from all over the central valley.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    I was 2 ½ at my little brother's birthday party and all I remember is the embarrassing picture I have from that day. I was 7 when I first started taking serious riding lessons.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    The "founding father" of equitation, George Morris.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Grey's Anatomy, the drama of the characters makes my life seem so simple. I also love Criminal Minds because it portrays exactly what I want to be able to do in my career.

    Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her
    I owned a fabulous horse named Cortino who came to be on the team with me last year but sadly passed away. He gave his heart and soul to the team just like I have and the connection I had with him is the reason I will always love this sport. Somehow although horses can't talk, the way they communicate with you can touch your heart and the connection between horse and rider is developed and unbreakable.  Cortino taught me how strong that connection can be and I will never forget it.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    I am addicted to Netflix, and now that I have my own apartment I spend a lot of time cooking and being with my roommate Lanie Madrazo

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Holly Elsbernd, she does imitations of animals we see while traveling that are hysterical!

    Best lesson you have learned from your coach?
    Patience with the horses. I think it is one of the most important contributions to riding in this style. You have to have patience with a horse you have never ridden before. The more patience you have the easier it is to figure the horse out in the 4 minutes of warm up.

    What's your most prized possession?
    I have a ring I always wear that says, "Courage, Strength, Cortino". It symbolizes how much my horse Cortino taught me, and the courage and strength he had up until the end of his life. I will never forget how amazing he was and the connection we had, and this ring symbolizes that to me.

    What's your favorite meal?
    Anything my mom makes! I love barbecue chicken and sweet potatoes, and of course ice cream!

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I love to hike!

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Anywhere with my family, this summer I would love to travel out of the country with them. I think it would be a great cultural and learning experience.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    My teammates, when I came here from Phoenix I had 40 amazing girls who were all instant friends of mine. The friendships I have made I know will last a lifetime.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    The horse doesn't do all the work! People ask me all the time if I just sit there, and that is absolutely false. Riding is hard work, and so is taking care of the horses.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?

    Winning all 3 of my head- to- head competitions at Varsity Equestrian National Championships last year. It was an amazing closing to the season and such a fun trip.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    Muddy, dirty boots can go with any outfit at the barn.
    Equestrian Spotlight: Holly Elsbernd
    Year: Senior
    Position: Equitation Over Fences

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Dr. Fu (Sociology) because he is always so helpful and makes class fun to attend.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I want to go further in my riding career and would love to get into to any career involving animals.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    My team, they're my family away from home. The team has given me endless opportunities and lessons learned that will help me through out my life.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    I was 6 months old when my parents first put me on a horse. I don't remember it at all but I do remember always wanting to ride growing up.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    George Morris, even though he scares me. He's a professional with many great accomplishments who is a big figure in the Hunter Jumper and Equitation world.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Grey's Anatomy

    Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her.
    I have two horses, Just Plain Blane and Fabiane. Blane I've owned over ten years. He taught me the bond between a rider and horse that was needed to win many first places and champions. He is a 14 year old Bay Thoroughbred with a white heart on his forehead. Fabiane is the love of my life. My parents got me him when I out grew Blane and he took me to the next level of my riding. He is a 12 year old Bay Hanoverian. He makes me laugh any time I'm around him.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    My spare time has lately been dedicated to my school work and studying. But when I'm all finished with that I like to hang out with my teammates and friends.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Honestly, my whole team is constantly making me laugh. Anytime I'm with them I'm always having a great time.

    Best lesson you have learned from your coach?
    To always have a positive attitude and be there to support my teammates no matter what.

    What's your most prized possession?
    My horses

    What's your favorite meal?
    Anything my mom cooks.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I'm not as shy as I come off to be.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    On the hot beach somewhere in Hawaii.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    Being part of a team who shares a common goal and the opportunities it has given me.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's not as easy as we make it look; it takes a lot of hard work, heart and dedication.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    When I won both my points and MVP against Kansas and Auburn all in the same day.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You cluck at people and things to go faster and yell WHOA at inanimate objects to make them stop.

    By Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    It would be an understatement to say the Fresno State volleyball team has a challenge facing them this Thursday evening at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State (11-14, 5-8 WAC) will go against No. 3 University of Hawai'i (23-1, 12-0 WAC) for the second time this season, dropping the first match in straight sets on the road in Honolulu.

    The Bulldogs are looking for their first victory against the Rainbow Wahine in the 49th meeting between the two conference opponents. No. 3 Hawai'i is the 14-time defending WAC champion and owner of the nation's longest conference winning streak at 37 straight matches.  The Rainbow Wahine have won their last 16 matches in straight sets, including all 12 conference matches, and have a streak of 47 consecutive sets won. The school record was established in 2002 at 54 sets.

    Fresno State will try to off-set Hawaii's firepower with stars like sophomore Marissa Brand and junior Brianna Clarke.  Brand, a native of Cypress, Calif., boasts a double-double in kills and digs in a career-best and WAC leading eleven matches this season. Clarke, named to the 2010 Preseason All-WAC team, owns the second-best hitting percentage at .360 and the third-best blocks per set at 1.28 in the WAC.  

    Come cheer on the Dogs as they battle the Rainbow Wahine Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.

    By Andrew Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    When you hear the words "brain" and "brawn" used in the same sentence, it usually refers to having one over the other. Well, the 2010-11 Fresno State men's basketball team is fortunate to feature those qualities this year in the form of both senior forward Nedeljko Golubovic and sophomore center Greg Smith as the headlining returning players from last year's team.

    Golubovic, a psychology major from Pljevlja, Serbia, is the epitome of "brain" both on and off the court. His detail-oriented and intelligent style of play contributed to his rise as a leader on the team, which culminated in him being named the team's sole captain this year, having shared that duty last season.

    Golubovic has demonstrated in the classroom what it means to be a student-athlete, and his accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. His accolades include three-time Academic All-WAC (2008, 2009 & 2010), two-time CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII (2009 & 2010), four-time President's List (Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, & Spring 2010), and 2009-10 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.  Golubovic's 3.86 grade point average put him in the top 5 GPAs for 2009-10 All-District honorees in the University Division.

    "Ned personifies what we want in a student-athlete," head coach Steve Cleveland said of his team captain. "He has made a commitment to academics and athletics. He provides a great influence for our younger players and represents our program, institution and community well. He had a tough year due to injuries, but he is healthy and we expect a good senior year from him."

    Smith, a 6'10", 250 lbs. center from Fresno, Calif., is looking to improve on his dominate freshman season. Last year, he asserted his force in the low post by finishing third in the WAC  and 12th nationally in field goal percentage (148-257, 57.6%), eighth in the WAC in blocked shots (40) and blocked shots per game (1.21), and ninth in the WAC in offensive rebounds (76) and offensive rebounds per game (2.3). Smith scored at least 20 points in three games, reached double-digits in 20 contests, and recorded a total of four double-doubles.

    Those impressive numbers are the reason why he was honored by the WAC head coaches as the second WAC Freshman of the Year in program history and earned a spot on the 2010 Freshman All-American Team. This year, Smith has been named first-team Preseason All-WAC by the conference coaches and Preseason All-WAC by the media and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

    "Greg is a strong athletic low post player," Cleveland said.  "He has great hands and a high basketball IQ.  He's an impact player who can change the game at both ends."

    The Bulldogs and Sunbirds Will Collide in Exhibition Doubleheader

    Come see Golubovic and Smith complement each other on the court along with the rest of the 2010-11 Bulldogs men's basketball team.

    Both the men's and women's teams will be in action Nov. 6 when they take on Fresno Pacific in an exhibition doubleheader at the Save Mart Center. The women's game starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the men's contest.

    To secure your season tickets, you can call The Bulldog Foundation at 559-278-7160 or visit