Dogs Put on Pads
    Junior Kyle Knox has been inpressive through the first three days of training camp.
    Junior Kyle Knox has been inpressive through the first three days of training camp.

    Aug. 7, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - - Day three of the Fresno State football training camp saw the Dogs put on shoulder pads and make a little more contact on their lone practice session of the day.

    Head coach Pat Hill was extremely pleased with the session which ended about 12 minutes early because the team was able to get all their work in at a fast tempo, something Hill annually stresses to him team.

    "This was a good practice," said Hill, who also praised his senior leaders for their hard work in the off season to get the team ready. "I loved the tempo and the way the guys were focused. It was a good, intense practice. We need to keep up this pace and effort and we will become a better football team. To get 100 players on the same page and working together takes time, but after three days I'm very pleased. We have a long ways to go to get ready for Cincinnati but we are off to a good start."

    The Dogs have enjoyed unseasonably cool temperatures for fall camp. The by the end of Saturday's scrimmage the mercury barely hit 90 degrees.

    Several highlight of the practice included:

  • A diving interception by safety Zak Hill who is battling for a starting position.
  • The Dogs worked on their wildcat packages for part of the scrimmage.
  • Sophomore Robbie Rouse continued to perform well at running back, with senior Tracy Slocum, sophomores A.J.Ellis and Michael Harris also getting plenty of work.
  • Linebacker Kyle Knox has a good practice, stopping the run and making several big plays.
  • Punter Andrew Shapiro showed a strong leg and good accuracy.

    The Dogs return to practice Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. practice. Fans are able to come and watch practices through the first scrimmage session.



    Coach Hill has asked that fans not put video clips from practice sessions on the internet where it may be used by as scouting material by Fresno State's opponents.

    The team will hold its first scrimmage on Saturday night, August 14, at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free.

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