Hill Pleased With Bulldogs' Performance in Annual Spring Game
Running back James Tillman had a 22-yard touchdown run in Fresno State's spring game Friday night.
Running back James Tillman had a 22-yard touchdown run in Fresno State's spring game Friday night.

April 14, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - Several players had impressive efforts as Fresno State competed in its annual spring game, held at Bulldog Stadium. Nearly 800 fans attended the game, which was followed by an autograph session.

"We made a lot of progress this spring," said head coach Pat Hill. "We still have a ways to go. But a lot of our young players picked up a lot of reps. We played at a good pace today, and I thought we played hard. The offense looked pretty good on a couple of drives. But the defense played hard. We were certainly missing some of our horses, and the quarterbacks were throwing to young receivers.

"Overall, I thought we did a good job of executing. We have 141 days to get ready. We'll have a lot of work to do when we resume. We will only have three weeks to get ready for Ohio State after we start practice."

The one-and-a-half hour scrimmage was divided into two parts. The first portion of the evening entailed six drives beginning from the offense's 20-yard line, five drives from the offense's 40-yard line and four drives from the defense's 40-yard line. The second part was a "compete zone" drill, in which the offense began at the 25-yard line, similar to the college football overtime rule. The offense received points if it scored while the defense was awarded points if it kept the offense from scoring. In the end, the offense defeated the defense 24-11.

On offense, running back Josh Levi was especially impressive. He had 11 carries for 77 yards, including a run of 21 yards and two of 16 yards. Jeremy Jones had 10 carries for 49 yards and a 16-yard touchdown run while James Tillman had 10 carries for 48 yards and a 22-yard touchdown. Quarterback David Carr was 8 of 20 for 59 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. His counterpart, Jeff Grady, was 8 of 18 for 111 yards. Deandre Gilbert had three receptions for 52 yards. Marque Davis and Alec Greco were also productive receivers. Davis was three catches for 50 yards while Greco had two for 17 yards and a touchdown. Rodney Wright (academics) and Charles Smith (hamstring), Fresno State's top two receivers, did not compete in the scrimmage.

Defensive end JaJuan Huddleston was the defensive standout for the Bulldogs. He had six tackles (five unassisted) recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and had three sacks. Terrence Brown led the squad with seven tackles. Vernon Fox and Cameron Worrell both had interceptions.

Tonight's game ends Fresno State's spring practice season. The Bulldogs will begin practice again in August in preparation for the season opener at Ohio State on Sept. 2.



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