Football Notebook 1.0 - News and Notes
Jan. 28, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif.- With the spring semester underway, the Fresno State football team is ramped up and already beginning its preparations for the 2013 season. Here are some news and notes to keep you updated with the 'Dogs.
The month of January is one of the busiest for the coaching staff, as they are out on the road putting together the 2013 recruiting class. National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6, and GoBulldogs.com will feature live updates throughout the day, starting in the early morning, announcing the newest Bulldogs as the signed National Letters of Intent come in.
Head coach Tim DeRuyter will hold a 2 p.m. press conference to introduce his second recruiting class at Fresno State, which will be streamed for free on GoBulldogs.com via All-Access. DeRuyter has said he hopes to sign 25 to 28 student-athletes, with three of them already on campus.
Junior college transfers Brian Burrell (QB - Bakersfield College), Patrick Kim (Mount San Antonio College) and Rodney Mathews (S - Citrus College) have enrolled at Fresno State for the spring semester and can work out with the team immediately.
The first two weeks of the spring semester are discretionary weeks required by the NCAA, meaning student-athlete workouts are voluntary. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 28, football strength and condition coach Joey Boese will have the team working out in the mornings for four weeks leading up to spring football.
Spring football begins on Monday, Feb. 25. The Bulldogs are allotted 15 practices during spring football and will go on Monday's, Wednesday's, Friday's and Saturday's for the first three weeks. Then on the final week, Fresno State will practice on Monday, Friday and the spring game will be on Saturday, March 23. Kickoff time for that is tentatively set at 1 p.m.
Fresno State is holding its Pro Day on March 20, which is the Wednesday during the last week of spring football.
The team banquet for the 2012 season is being held on Friday, March 22. More information on this will be released in the near future.
The Mountain West announced last week the formation of the Mountain and West divisions of the conference along with the creation of a conference championship game that in 2013 will be played on Dec. 7 at the home stadium of the team with the highest BCS ranking. Fresno State was placed in the West Division along with Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.
This will allow the Bulldogs to play many of their closest rivals on a yearly basis. Fresno State has played Nevada in each of the past 15 seasons and 44 times total in program history. The 'Dogs have played Hawai'i 45 times, including every year for the last 21 seasons.
San Diego State, whom the Bulldogs compete with in the Battle for the Old Oil Can trophy, has played the Bulldogs 52 times. Then you have San Jose State, which is the one school that Fresno State has played the most games against with 76 meetings. The 2012 season was the first since 1995 that Fresno State and San Jose State did not face one another.
So what does DeRuyter think of the new conference divisions? He likes it.
"I think it makes sense geographically and things go in cycles and right now I think it is very, very strong," DeRuyter said of the West division. "We like the competition and if you want to go on to the BCS and the playoff format as we move forward, you need a high strength of schedule and playing against the good teams in the west is certainly going to help that."
Four of the six teams in the West Division played in a bowl game in 2012.
Former Bulldogs Kenny Wiggins and Lonyae Miller are headed to Super Bowl XLII in New Orleans. Wiggins is on the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers while Miller is on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens. Fresno State is one of 22 schools in the FBS with at least one player on both teams in the Super Bowl.
This is the second-straight year Fresno State has had alums in the Super Bowl. Last year four 'Dogs - Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell with the New England Patriots and Bear Pascoe and David Carr with the New York Giants - played in the Super Bowl.
Derek Carr and Davante Adams both received a number of accolades in 2012. Both were All-Americans and both received Mountain West Player of the Year honors (Carr the MW Offensive Player of the Year and Adams the Freshman of the Year).
Now, their hype for 2013 has already begun to build. Carr and Adams will be attending the 58th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards banquet on Feb. 9 where both will receive its 2013 Player to Watch crystal award - presented to the top 12 players returning as designated by its selection committee.
"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647).