Joe Wade retained as running backs coach; Cameron Norcross and Ron Antoine named assistant coaches
Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Fresno State defeats SDSU 52-40 in Bulldog Stadium
Cameron Norcross is in his third season at Fresno State serving as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach. He was hired on Jan. 20, 2012.
Norcross' offensive line in 2013 led Fresno State to one of its best seasons in program history, as the Bulldogs tied the school record for wins with an 11-2 record and won the Mountain West championship.
With Norcross' aid, the Bulldog offense produced the best season in school history and set 19 school offensive records. Included in those were new marks for passing yards, total offense and points scored.
Even more remarkable was the year the offensive line had behind Norcross' coaching. Fresno State only allowed 11 sacks in 13 games, a figure that ranked sixth in the FBS for fewest sacks allowed. What makes that figure so impressive is that Fresno State did so while throwing the ball 675 times in 2013, which was 246 more pass attempts than any other of the teams ranked head of the 'Dogs.
Left tackle Austin Wentworth received first-team All-Mountain West accolades in 2012 and 2013 while also picking up honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated his senior season. He started 42 consecutive games to close out his career, including all 26 games at left tackle with Norcross as his coach.
Guard Cody Wichmann was an honorable mention All-MW pick in 2013 and Richard Helepiko earned the same distinction the year before.
In two seasons at Fresno State, Norcross' offensive line has helped the Bulldog offense score over 40 points in 17-of-26 games and gain over 500 yards of offense 15 times. The 2013 unit's paved the way for the Bulldog offense that had six games with over 600 yards of offense, including a new school record 822 total yards against New Mexico on Nov. 23.
In his first season with the Bulldogs, his 2012 unit led Fresno State to a No. 17 nationally ranking in scoring at 37.9 points per game, which also led the Mountain West. The Bulldogs also ranked 16th nationally in total offense with 477.5 yards per game and 12th in passing offense at 325.6 yards per game that year.
Norcross' entire 11-year coaching career before joining the Fresno State staff was spent at his alma mater, Nevada, where he helped lead the Wolf Pack to seven-straight bowl appearances from 2005-11. A three-year letterman on the Wolf Pack offensive line (1997-99), Norcross was an All-Big West selection in 1998.
He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nevada under coach Chris Tormey in 2001 and 2002. In the 2003 season, he was hired on full time as the tight ends and co-offensive line coach.
Wolf Pack Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault returned to the program as head coach in 2004, and he kept Norcross on his staff in the same role all the way up until 2010 when he was promoted to the run-game coordinator and offensive line coach.
Norcross played an important role in the development of Ault's Pistol Offense since its inception prior to the 2005 season.
Nevada led the nation in rushing in 2009, a year in which the Wolf Pack became the first team in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. Under the direction of Norcross in 2010, the Nevada ranked third nationally in rushing and fourth in total offense. Running back Vai Taua was seventh in the nation in rushing that year at 124 yards per game and quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 41st, as he became the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards three-straight seasons.
Despite the graduation of Taua and Kaepernick, Nevada's run-game did not see a drop off in production in 2011. Norcross' unit ranked eighth nationally in rushing offense and sixth in total offense at 506.7 yards per game.
In 2011, offensive lineman Chris Baker was named to the All-WAC first-team and Jeff Nady received a second-team nod. In his nine seasons coaching offensive lineman at Nevada, Norcross coached eight players to first-team all-conference honors and another eight to second-team accolades.
Tight end Anthony Pudewell was a second-team All-WAC selection in both 2005 and 2006 under Norcross. In 2007, tight end Adam Bishop led the WAC tight ends in scoring with seven touchdowns and was a second-team All-WAC selection.
Prior to joining Tim DeRuyter's staff at Fresno State in 2012, the two had previously worked together at Nevada in 2005 and 2006 when DeRuyter was the co-defensive coordinator for the Wolf Pack. Over those two seasons, DeRuyter and Norcross helped lead Nevada to a 17-8 record, a share of the 2005 WAC Championship and two bowl appearances.
A native of Ely, Nev., Norcross holds a bachelor's degree from Nevada in management. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Kylie and Madison, and one son, Jacob.