April 6, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Pat Hill would have preferred to take his team through their final scrimmage scheduled for Friday, but Mother Nature is not cooperating with the plans of the Fresno State head coach. Hill has called off Friday's scrimmage, which would have signaled the end of spring ball for the Bulldogs.
Instead, Hill and the staff used an off-campus indoor soccer facility on Thursday afternoon in one final workout.
"The practice fields and stadium have taken a beating this spring," said Hill, who had to cancel and shorten other practices over the last two weeks. "It was not optimal for the development of our team and players but it's not something we can control. Spring ball went as well as it could and what I saw I liked. We have the makings of another good football team. We have some tough, hard-nosed players. I'm going to rely on the senior leaders on this team to lead the team during the summer workouts and conditioning program and get us ready for fall camp."
Hill was pleased with the development of several younger players, especially a talented receiving corps. Hill also praised the senior leadership of veterans Dwayne Andrews, Marcus McCauley, Joe Fernandez, Kyle Young and Paul Williams.
"We have a great group of seniors who have been through a lot of battles over the years," said Hill. "They know what it takes to make win against the schedule we play."
A major focus of the camp was placed on finding a replacement for quarterback Paul Pinegar. Hill said that all three quarterbacks (Tom Brandstater, Sean Norton and Ryan Colburn) battling for the spot showed improvement, but the starter will be not be determined until August.
Fresno State returns 18 starters from last years team and will have the best home schedule in Bulldog history.
The Dogs will host two non-conference opponents (Oregon and Colorado State) that played in bowl games last season. The Ducks were 10-2 and ranked No. 10 in the final polls.
Renewals for 2006 season football are being mailed to customers this week. For information on season tickets, call the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-DOGS or go online to www.gobulldogs.com.
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