'Dogs See Marked Improvement on Day Two of Camp

Aug. 3, 2014

By Jason Clay

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FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State completed its second day of fall camp on Sunday, once again practicing in the morning wearing just helmets as the Bulldogs transition their way back into the full swing of things.

"Today was descent, we saw some improvement which we expected from yesterday," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "The offense was in a lot better rhythm today, guys were making plays.

"Overall, I think the competition is good. Both sides of the ball are installing schemes and there was much better tempo today on both sides of the ball."

A day after being intercepted several times in 7-on-7 drills, the Bulldog quarterbacks bounced back and had a good day throwing the ball. The group was able to connect on three deep touchdown passes.

Brian Burrell was able to find Aaron Peck down the sideline in the first of two 7-on7 drills. Brandon Connette hit a blazing Delvon Hardaway in stride for a long touchdown and Kilton Anderson found Darrell Fuery behind the defense for another score.

The only quarterback who did not throw a touchdown in the two 7-on-7 sessions, which were spotted at the 50-yard line, was Zack Greenlee. However, Greenlee the redshirt freshman, did look sharp with his throws. He completed nice passes to Justin Johnson on the sideline, Da'Mari Scott up the middle and hit walk-on Jordan Washington on a back-shoulder pass on the sideline with a defender right there.

Now the 7-on-7 drills are run to the quarterbacks advantage, as there is no pass rush, but there was a marked improvement from day one to day two of camp. Once the team gets in full pads for the first time on Wednesday, that's when the coaches will really be able to gauge how the team is coming along.

"You teach how to practice, the sense of urgency, how we get lined up and execute schemes," DeRuyter said is what the coaching staff wants to get out of the team when they are not practicing in full pads. "You are not knocking people off the ball obviously, but it's all about fit, it's all about again the how of what we do. I think we made strides today, especially in those younger guys."

At the end of the day, the Bulldog defense was able to pick off a pair of passes in the three team sessions. The first was by Charles Washington who corralled a tipped ball off the hands of Jerin McClendon on a pass thrown behind him.

Curtis Riley had the other pick, as he gathered another deflected pass while falling to his back on a screen play that was broken down by the defense's pressure at the point of attack.

"We cut down on the turnovers which was good offensively, but we still threw two picks which is two to many," DeRuyter said of the interceptions. "Defensively, we got to get more picks."

"We're getting some good reps in and that's why even though we are just in helmets and jerseys, our guys are learning and getting in good situations," DeRuyter added. "We want them to make those mistakes now and not when we're playing for real."

Fresno State will put on shoulder pads for the first time during fall camp for Monday's practice. They'll be in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) for two days before going full pads on Wednesday.

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