March 24, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State held its ninth practice of spring football on Monday morning, as the Bulldogs continued to install various packages in their systems and give the team different looks.
Monday's focus was pressure - the defense working on their aggressive blitz packages and the offense protecting against them.
Once in the team sessions of practice, the defense had a lot of success in getting after the quarterback. This was especially apparent with the first team defense going against the second team offense, as is expected.
The pressure the defense created caused one turnover - a Jamal Ellis interception. Quarterback Myles Carr showed his athleticism escaping the rush out of the pocket and he even connected deep up the middle to tight end Jerin McClendon behind the defense for a big pick-up. The offense started having more success as the day went on, but the defense definitely had their number at the start.
Then at the end of practice, the Bulldogs drilled their two-minute offense and found more success there. Led by Brian Burrell at quarterback, the first team offense was able to find the end zone on its lone drive.
Burrell hit Aaron Peck for a big third-down conversion, completed an eight-yard pass to Greg Watson and then ran the ball in himself, fooling the defense on a fake hand-off for a 12-yard touchdown run.
"It was good to see our offense execute," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "Brian Burrell is making good decisions. I thought in that drill he made a nice throw on third down, we got it protected and Aaron Peck made a nice catch. Then he took it down and really had a lot of poise because earlier in the session we were running a lot of pressure stuff, but it was good to see the offense finish on a good note."
As we are now past the halfway point of spring ball, the coaches are looking to see who is stepping up, executing and making plays. Wednesday will give the coaching staff a good barometer on that, as the Bulldogs will scrimmage for the second time this spring.
"This will be a big one for our guys," he said of Wednesday's scrimmage. "This will be the last scrimmage before our spring scrimmage and typically we'll make some decisions after this as far as depth chart and possibly guys playing one side of the ball or the other."
DeRuyter and his staff want to see continued development from both sides of the ball as spring progresses.
"As we go through this and get into fall camp, we'll figure out who our playmakers are," DeRuyter said. "Coach [Dave] Schramm does a really good job of getting the ball to our playmakers.
"It's a matter of as we get into these scrimmages, seeing who has developed and is making plays."
The Real California Milk Spring Showcase, Fresno State's 15th and final practice of the spring is being held in Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public.
"Catch the Wave" - The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM.
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