Back-Up Quarterbacks Get Their Chance

Aug. 5, 2013

By Jason Clay

Post-Practice Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Offensive Coordinator Dave Schramm
Offensive Coordinator Dave Schramm
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team completed its fourth practice of fall camp on Monday, going again in helmets and shoulder pads for the final time before being able to suit up fully on Tuesday.

As a part of the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period to open camp, the 'Dogs had to go in helmets for two days and helmets and shoulder pads for another two before dressing fully on day five. The Bulldogs have drilled on technique and fundamentals for these first four days, and now the team will really see where they are at come Tuesday when they are fully dressed.

"The first two days we were in pajamas, but the last two days we've been physical," head coach Tim DeRutyer said. "At times it got a little bit too physical, which we had to back them off, but as a coach you'd rather have that situation than to have to get these guys started. I mean we're practicing hard, and physical and fanatical right now and I like it."

Absent from Monday's practice was starting quarterback Derek Carr, who was at the hospital with his wife as the couple welcomes in their first baby. In his absence, the competition for the back-up quarterback spot heated up and the coaching staff saw the best day thus far in camp from that group.

"I was pleased for the most part, they still all three of them have a long way to go, but at times today they took charge," DeRuyter said of quarterbacks Brian Burrell, Myles Carr and Zack Greenlee. "I especially liked when we were in our tempo period, a couple of the guys led them down the field."

Burrell had the most success in the team periods. In the second of the four team sessions, the second being the tempo session DeRuyter referred to, Burrell hit wide receiver Davante Adams for a long touchdown pass from midfield. He also connected with Aaron Peck for another long TD in the third team session.

Greenlee, the true freshman from Stockton, Calif., orchestrated a solid drive as well in the tempo session. He drove the second-team offense down 60 yards to the opposing 10-yard line before the coaching staff halted the drive.

Myles Carr didn't have the same success leading the offense in the team sessions, but during the two 7-on-7 periods he was on fire. In the first of the two, he completed six of his seven pass attempts. In the second, which focused working in the red zone, Carr was 8-for-10 with two touchdown passes.

"They did a decent job, they got a lot to learn, but [today] gave them an opportunity to get more reps than they would have," offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said of his quarterbacks. "There are some valuable lessons to be learned from today's practice, but we'll go back and look at the film and take it from there."

Outside of the quarterback competition, the Bulldog defense continued to show well defending the run. In the inside run drill at the start of practice, the defense shut down the offense. Outside linebackers Donovan Lewis and Nat Harrison were two playmakers in that drill for the first team.

The second team offense had better success running the ball in that drill with T.J. Thomas and Dontel James carrying the rock.

Also in the first team session, which featured a heavy run emphasis as the Bulldogs were working in the red zone, outside linebacker Brandon Hughes stripped Malique Micenheimer of the ball and the defense was able to recover.

Monday's practice ended with another red zone session right after the tempo periods. The first team offense behind Brian Burrell picked up one third down conversion, a 13-yard completion on third-and-12 to Josh Harper, but then stalled and settled for a 32-yard field goal from Colin McGuire.

The defense recorded two-straight sacks on Myles Carr and the second team offense in the second and final drive of the last red zone period of practice.

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