`Dogs Hit Full Pads For First Time in Camp
Aug. 7, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team held its first fully-padded practice of fall camp on Tuesday, again splitting time between the practice fields and Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs went live during Tuesday's practice, but were not tackling to the ground. Head coach Tim DeRuyter says that while his team will go full speed, they will limit the tackling in team sessions to avoid injuries as much as possible.
"We want to be able to protect ourselves so we can get our best 22 [players] to Sept. 1, that's our mentality," DeRuyter said of keeping his best players healthy.
DeRuyter still expects a certain level of physicality, intensity and effort from his team. He said after Tuesday's practice that the 'Dogs did not meet his expectations on practice No. 5 of camp.
"I talked to our team afterwards, I thought we were just average," he said. "I thought we had made strides every day, but today we were just okay and I told [the team] average isn't acceptable anymore.
"If you want to win a championship, you got to practice better than that. We did some things well at times, but we were not nearly consistent enough. I think our guys kind of gave in a little bit to the strain of being in our fifth day, and that's not acceptable. We're going to get that corrected."
The battle for the No. 2 quarterback position behind incumbent starter Derek Carr is still ongoing, as neither sophomore Greg Watson or redshirt freshman Marcus McDade has separated themself from the other.
"Both those guys are going to get reps," DeRuyter said. "They did a much better job today taking care of the football. The guy that takes care of the ball the best and makes the best decisions is going to be our second quarterback."
The coaching staff is looking to utilize Watson's athletic ability and thus they have been trying him at different positions within the offense. He'll continue to work with the quarterbacks, but the staff feels he can help the team out in other areas as well.
In each of the last two practices, he has worked with the receivers and has looked comfortable catching the football.
Jesse Tauiliili, a linebacker from Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., has joined the team as a walk-on and is wearing No. 46. He was a first-team All-Central Conference selection in 2010 when he was the team's second-leading tackler with 63 stops. As a sophomore in 2011, Tauiliili ranked third on the team with 60 tackles to go along with his 3.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. He is originally from West Covina, Calif. (West Covina HS).
Another walk-on who has been with the team all camp is wide receiver Cameron Parker. Parker is not new to Fresno State, however. Parker has been one of the top sprinters on the Bulldog track & field team for the past three seasons and has a personal best time of 10.32 in the 100m. He has two seasons of football eligibility remaining.
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