Joe Wade retained as running backs coach; Cameron Norcross and Ron Antoine named assistant coaches
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Fresno State defeats SDSU 52-40 in Bulldog Stadium
Last updated on July 8, 2015
Cameron Norcorss is in his fourth season at Fresno State serving as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach. He was hired on Jan. 20, 2012.
Norcross' lines have been the backbone of the offensive explosion at Fresno State. They have allowed the Bulldogs to put up 500 or more yards of offense 18 times and also scored 40 or more points 18 times over the past three seasons. The highlight there was a school record 822 yards of offense in a 2013 69-28 win over New Mexico
The line led Fresno State in 2013 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 set 19 school records that year. Included in those records were new marks for passing yards, total offense per game and points scored.
Fresno State in 2013 only allowed 11 sacks in 13 games, a figure that ranked seventh in the FBS. What is more impressive is that Fresno State did so while throwing the ball 675 times, 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-America accolades in 2012 and 2013 while also picking up honorable mention All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated his senior year. Guard Cody Wichmann was an honorable mention All-MW pick in 2013 and a second-team honoree in 2014 while Richard Helepiko earned the same distinction in 2012.
Wichmann and Wentworth both went on to the NFL after their days as Bulldogs. Wentworth was an undrafted free agent signee of the Vikings in 2014 and saw game action as a rookie. Wichmann was a sixth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Durability has been an important ingredient in the success of Norcross' offensive lines. Wentworth started 42 consecutive games to close out his career, including all 26 games at left tackle with Norcross as his coach. Wichmann made 50 career starts (43 consecutive) in his career and became the first Bulldog since Ben Jacobs (2007-10) to make over 50 starts in a career.
Then his 2014 front five started every single game together over the course of the season, which marked the first season that has happened at Fresno State since starts by game began being recorded in 1990 by the school.
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 in 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 Wolf Pack 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 years.
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.
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.
|CAMERON NORCROSS PROFILE|
|Education||Nevada (2000)-bachelor's in management|
|Playing History||OL at Nevada (1997-99)
All-Big West in 1998
Daughters: Kylie & Madison
|2012-Present: Fresno State (Offensive Line)|
-2010-11: Run-Game Coord./Offensive Line
-2003-09: Tight Ends/Co-Offensive Line
-2001-02: Graduate Assistant
|CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BOWL GAMES AS A COACH|
2014: Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)|
2013: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
2012: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State)
2012: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
2012: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)
2011: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Nevada)
2010: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Nevada)
2009: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Nevada)
2008: Roady's Humanitarian Bowl (Nevada)
2007: New Mexico Bowl (Nevada)
2006: MPC Computers Bowl (Nevada)
2005: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Nevada)
2005: WAC Champions (Nevada)
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