April 8, 2000
FRESNO, Calif. - In the final tune-up before the annual Spring Game, the Fresno State football team went through a spirited 60-play scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
The scrimmage, designed to concentrate on red zone offense and defense (inside the 25-yard line), was full of hard hits and a few big plays. Over 500 fans came out to the Fresno State practice facility for the open scrimmage.
"This was a very physical scrimmage," said fourth-year head coach Pat Hill. "It was very competitive. Our guys always play hard and they really went after each other today. They like competing against each other. It reminds me of a sibling rivalry."
Hill singled out receiver David Shabaglian for his performance today, but was pleased with the overall scrimmage.
"We had too many administrative penalties," he said. "Those are mental things we need to work on. I thought David Shabaglian came to play today. He had a good scrimmage. We had a lot of guys who did well. This was the type of physical scrimmage that we need to prepare ourselves for the real thing."
Fresno State is coming off an 8-5 season and its first WAC title and bowl appearance since 1993. The 'Dogs open the season Sept. 2 at Ohio State with the home opener against Cal on Sept. 23.
Spring drills conclude next week with practices on Monday and Wednesday before the annual Spring Game, held Friday, April 14, in Bulldog Stadium at 6 p.m. The cost for the Spring Game is $3 for the general public and $2 for students. There will be an autograph session after the game.
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