Aug. 3, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
|Senior OLB Nat Harrison
|Sophomore WR Davante Adams
"Again I like our energy, our attitude and our effort," head coach Tim DeRuyter said after Saturday's practice. "I think we are getting really good leadership and we got guys again on both sides of the ball making plays."
Right now with the team practicing in just helmets and shorts, and not a lot of heavy contact, there has been a major emphasis working fundamentals and in the passing game.
"We're still just in helmets and pajamas, so it's hard to really tell what is going on until we put pads on," DeRuyter said.
In the passing game, the first team offense looks very sharp and through two days has been quite impressive considering how early in camp it is.
Senior quarterback Derek Carr has great chemistry with his top three receivers, Davante Adams, Josh Harper and Isaiah Burse. All three wide outs run crisp routes, have the ability to get open, make great catches and do something with the ball after the catch.
"I think he's got a really good command of the offense," DeRuyter said of Carr. "I think he is throwing the ball really well and is doing a great job leading our guys. He's always had that in him."
Burse, the fourth-year senior who needs only 1,323 yards to become the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, is great in the open field and making defenders miss. He even appears to have gotten faster over the offseason.
Sunday's practice will take a step up in physicality, as the team will have shoulder pads on for the first time. Although there won't be complete full contact, we'll get to see more out of the running game and from the offensive and defensive lines.
Saturday's Practice Notes
Defensive back Curtis Riley, the transfer from Fullerton College who just signed a financial aid agreement with the Bulldogs on Thursday, continues to show his athleticism out on the field. Being so new to the program and not knowing the defense, his athletic ability has allowed him to make plays on the ball.
In the 7-on-7 period during practice, he broke on a pass to cut off a receiver and break up the play. DeRuyter mentioned Riley after practice saying, "again he's showing up, he's doing some things, he doesn't know what he's doing yet, but he's playing fast."
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Johnson has come back strong from offseason shoulder surgery that caused him to miss most all of spring ball. On Saturday, he made several nice catches. The first was on a comeback route where he boxed out Shannon Edwards, who had great coverage on the play, but Johnson held him off so he could make the catch.
He caught another pass in the team session where he got in the window between the corner and safety and showed great concentration to complete the play.
Senior cornerback Jonathan Norton picked off a pass from Brian Burrell to end the second team period. The entire defense, which was on the far sideline, all ran over to swarm and congratulate him on making the play. Norton stepped in front of the receiver when he broke out of his route to make the pick.
Members of the Fresno State Quarterback Club, the fan-based organization established to increase the enthusiasm for Fresno State football, attended practice on Saturday. There will be three more practices over the next week that are open to Quarterback Club members: Aug. 5 from 8:30-11 a.m.; Aug. 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. and Aug. 9 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Saturday also marked the first day that single-game tickets went on sale. Tickets for the first two games, Aug. 29 vs. Rutgers and Sept. 7 vs. Cal Poly, can now be purchased online at GoBulldogs.com. Starting Monday, fans can purchase single-game tickets to those games over the phone at 278-DOGS or in person at the Fresno State Ticket Office located at Bulldog Stadium.
"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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