March 26, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team held its second scrimmage on Wednesday and the Bulldog offense had their best showing thus far through 10 practices of spring ball.
"It was good seeing guys compete and I thought probably for the first time this spring the offense had the upper hand most of the day," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "I think all three quarterbacks did some good things at times, leading drives, making some third down conversions and that was good to see.
"Defensively we got to respond better, we didn't tackle as well. Marteze Waller I thought ran the ball well, ran really hard and it was good to see Justin Johnson making third-down catches - just different guys making plays. It was good to see that competition."
Fresno State started out Wednesday's practice with individual drills and then special teams work before getting into the scrimmage. There they went through drives starting at their own 35-yard line, drilled end-of-the-half scenarios with under two minutes on the clock and worked on finishing drives when in the red zone.
DeRuyter came out of Wednesday's scrimmage happy to see the offense have substantial success against the defense.
"For the team, you want it to go back and forth," DeRuyter said. "You don't want it to be just one-sided and up until this point it has been pretty close to that, but I think the offense is starting to feel more comfortable, guys are starting to make plays. Now it is on the defense to respond next time we come out and that's what you want.
"You want to have it where guys on both sides are making plays. We got playmakers on both sided, but you can't make plays if you are playing hesitant, not sure of your assignment, and I think we got guys getting more and more comfortable in the offense and with reps that is what you'd expect."
The Bulldogs are now looking to continue to build on Wednesday's success and have a strong finish to the spring, as only five practices remain. The Real California Milk Spring Showcase is being held on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in Bulldog Stadium and is free and open to the public.
"We got newer guys in on both sides of the ball and it's about getting them reps where they feel comfortable and don't have to think," DeRuyter said. "I think both sides of the ball are doing a good job developing guys and now with five more practices I expect them to continue to get better every day."
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