Football Notebook

Jan. 17, 2014

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team is a month removed from its most successful season in a decade and now begins the process of preparing for the 2014 season. Here are some news and notes surrounding Bulldog football.

• With the start of spring classes on Thursday, Jan. 16, Fresno State welcomed in one mid-year transfer in defensive back Stratton Brown from Snow College. Brown, standing 6-1 and weighing 183 pounds, is originally from Bluffdale, Utah (Riverton HS). He has four seasons to complete his three remaining years of eligibility with the Bulldogs.

As a freshman in 2013, Brown recorded 45 tackles, had seven pass breakups and three interceptions, including one that he returned 89 yards for a touchdown in a win over Glendale Community College.

• Four former Bulldogs are competing in postseason all-star games. WR Isaiah Burse is playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Austin Wentworth is in the East-West Shrine Game and then quarterback Derek Carr and tight end Marcel Jensen will both play in the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game are both being played this Saturday, Jan. 18. The East-West Shrine Game begins at 1 p.m. PT and is being televised on the NFL Network while the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl begins at 3 p.m. and is being televised on ESPN2.

The Reese's Senior Bowl takes place at 1 p.m. PT on Jan. 25 and is also televised on the NFL Network.

• The Bulldog football players will have one week from the beginning of classes until starting their winter workout regime with strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese. Beginning on Jan. 23, the team will be lifting and running in preparation for both spring football and the 2014 season next fall.



• Speaking of spring football, it is scheduled to begin on March 10. The Bulldogs will have four practices for three weeks and then three practices during week four, with the final of the NCAA-allotted 15 sessions taking place on Saturday, April 5 with the Real California Milk Spring Showcase that will be open to the public in Bulldog Stadium. More details and information surrounding spring football will be released at a later date.

• Before the team gets to spring ball, there is National Signing Day on Feb. 5. will be your home for all signing day happenings and Tim DeRuyter's press conference introducing the 2014 recruiting class will be streamed live for free on the Mountain West Network and broadcast at 940 AM ESPN Radio.

• The renewal period for season ticket holders is now open. Season ticket prices remained at the same levels as they were last year, with season ticket packages being available for as low as $140 or less than $24 per game. Fans that renew their season tickets online will be entered into a drawing for several prizes. To learn more about the prizes and season ticket renewals, click here.

• In the NFL Playoffs, three Bulldogs are still alive as we enter Championship Sunday. Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell are both starters on the Patriots offensive line and are looking to lead New England to its second Super Bowl appearance in the last three years. Wide receiver Devon Wylie, who is in his second NFL season, is on the practice squad with the San Francisco 49ers. There have been six different Bulldogs over the last two seasons that have reached the Super Bowl.

"Catch the Wave" - The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.

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