'Dogs Working Hard at Practice
Senior Tyler Johnson will be counted on as a leader for a young team.
Senior Tyler Johnson will be counted on as a leader for a young team.
Photo Gallery: Preseason Practice

Oct. 17, 2013

By: Andrew Rich

FRESNO, Calif. - With two weeks until its first exhibition game and three weeks before the November 8th season-opener at UC Irvine, the Fresno State men's basketball team has been hard at work in the gym preparing for the 2013-2014 season.

The `Dogs have been given their fair share of adversity to deal with, but nonetheless, head coach Rodney Terry remains excited about this team.

"I have been really excited about this group from the very beginning," Terry said. "We had a really good summer and now into the fall and we've had to deal with some setbacks and some adversity, but I've been extremely happy with their attitudes and how hard they work."

Fresno State, which is integrating a lot of new players into the mix this season, was picked to finish 8th in the newly expanded Mountain West Conference. Senior Tyler Johnson says the team doesn't worry about, but they still know where they were picked and want to prove people wrong.

"We know nobody except the people in this gym understand how hard we have been working and how good we really can be," the senior leader Johnson said.

Players like Johnson and fellow senior Allen Huddleston and sophomore Cezar Guerrero, the transfer from Oklahoma State, have been working on their roles as leaders. With such a young team, players like this trio that have been through the battles of a Division I collegiate season will be counted on to lead the young players along.

"The role Coach Terry gave me was to be a leader, outside the basketball lines and inside the lines too," Guerrero said. "Lead the freshman and get guys involved and get everyone involved and with the caliber of guys we have we can accomplish the goals that we have for ourselves."

With injuries to a few key players, the `Dogs are having to work on how they will play with the group that is healthy and that is one of the focuses of practice for the next few weeks before games start to roll around.

"We just have to move forward and learn to adapt and adjust to the situation now," Terry said. "Like I told our guys, it isn't going to lower any of our expectations for the season."

"Catch the Wave" - 2013-14 Fresno State men's basketball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at www.gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.



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