Bulldog Football Intense in Bakersfield Scrimmage
Head coach Pat Hill was impressed with his team's effort in the Bakersfield scrimmage.
Head coach Pat Hill was impressed with his team's effort in the Bakersfield scrimmage.

April 4, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State football coach Pat Hill was very pleased with the second scrimmage of spring drills, held today at Bakersfield High School. The two-hour scrimmage of 67 plays was filled with good intensity and a lot of hard hitting on both sides of the ball.

Nearly 500 fans watched the Bulldogs, seven of whom are Bakersfield natives.

"That was Bulldog football," Hill said. "We really showed a lot of intensity. We were flying around the field and hitting each other. That's the kind of intensity we need to become a better football team. I was very happy with the scrimmage. We were a lot more crisp on offense than a week ago. We have had some guys having a really good spring. Rodney Michael at center has taken a lot of snaps and he is playing well. David Carr continues to do well at quarterback. Marcellus (Armstrong) has been playing well. We have a lot of guys who are really stepping up and coming into their own. We need that kind of leadership."

The scrimmage had situational scripted segments of various downs and distances and culminated with an over-the-field scrimmage.

While several Bulldogs missed today's scrimmage variety of reasons, there were no serious injuries. Starting left guard Ahmad Bahhti was not with the team for personal reasons.

Offensively, the 'Dogs showed some explosiveness on an 85-yard run by James Tillman and a 70-yard touchdown pass from David Carr to tight end Jeremy Johnson.

On defense, All-WAC tackle Alan Harper and end Jason Stewart played well according to Hill.

Fresno State's third scrimmage will be held at the Bulldog Practice Facility April 8. Spring drills conclude April 14 with the annual spring game in Bulldog Stadium at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs, who are coming off an 8-5 record and WAC title, kickoff their 2000 season at Ohio State on Sept. 2. The home opener is Sept. 23 vs. Cal.



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