Bulldogs Wrap Up First Weekend of Practice
Aug. 5, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter came away from the first weekend of fall camp pleased with where his team stands after the first three practices.
The Bulldogs practiced Sunday morning in helmets and shoulder pads and the increase in intensity was noticeable, especially towards the end of the session when the offense went up against the defense. Even though DeRuyter is happy from what he has seen thus far, he says there is still a ways to go.
After Sunday, Fresno State has 26 practices remaining before the first game on Sept. 1 at home vs. Weber State.
"For our first day in half pads, our guys got after it pretty good and we had a pretty physical practice," DeRuyter said Sunday. "I like how our guys compete. We got a lot of energy at practice - early on we didn't, but it picked up as soon as we started competing against each other.
"I think that is how we are going to win is by both sides really pushing themselves."
The defense controlled much of Sunday's practice, from the 7-on-7 passing drills to the first two of three team periods.
"I thought the defense for a little bit had the upper hand, they forced a bunch of turnovers," DeRuyter said.
The secondary was able to come up with four interceptions. Safeties Phillip Thomas and Derron Smith both picked off passes in the 7-on-7 drill and Cristin Wilson and Beau Fryer had picks in the team session.
None of the four interceptions came off of Bulldog starting quarterback Derek Carr. Carr has been very patient reading the defense and taking what they give him instead of forcing in throws to the tight coverage.
Fresno State ended Sunday's practice working on the two-minute drill. Up to that point, the offense had struggled against the defense.
The Bulldog first-team offense got the ball on their own 40-yard line with two timeouts and 1:45 on the clock.
Carr efficiently led 'Dogs down the field and into the end zone. He completed six-straight passes to start the drive, which got the ball inside the 10-yard line.
After a sack and an incompletion on a lob pass to Davante Adams, Carr went right back to Adams on the opposite side of the field for a 12-yard touchdown pass on third down.
"Offensively, we came down in the two-minute and Derek and Davante made a big play at the end," DeRuyter said. "It was good to see both sides have some success."
Other notes from Sunday's practice...
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