Aug. 6, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
As the team is approaching completion of its first full week - Thursday's morning practice was the sixth of camp - head coach Tim DeRuyter has been pleased with how his team is progressing.
"I think our guys are very workman like," DeRuyter said. "Day six, bumps and bruises are starting to ache in the morning, but from the start of practice with our Bulldog drill our guys came out with great energy. It was a good day. A lot of things we still have to clean up, we're still installing and there are still mistakes being made, but I like the intensity of our guys."
The morning session was a physical practice in full pads. When the team comes back out for the second portion of the two-a-days later in the afternoon, they will be in just shells (shoulder pads and helmets).
In between sessions, the players will have some down time to rest before returning for meetings later in the afternoon and after that the second practice.
The down time in between sessions will be a nice reprieve for the players, as the morning session ended with an intense red zone period that saw both the offense and defense had their moments.
"I thought both quarterbacks led our team well, particularly in our tempo periods and down in the red zone," DeRuyter said. "We had some guys make plays, which is always good to see."
The first part of the red zone period was scripted, the offense working on moving the ball in towards the end zone from the 15-yard line.
Senior cornerback Curtis Riley was able to make an interception in the end zone on the first drive, which matched the second offense up against the first-team defense.
Then on the next drive that had the first offense up against the second defense, a pair of pass breakups prevented a touchdown. The first was defensive end Nathan Madsen knocking down a Brian Burrell pass at the line of scrimmage and on the next play junior corner Corey Ferguson broke up a lob pass to Aaron Peck in the end zone.
The last half of the red zone period then saw the offense starting at the 25-yard line, working on moving the chains into the end zone. This portion saw live tackling with everyone except for the quarterbacks.
Burrell was able to get the first-team offense into the end zone on nine plays, the key there was when he picked up a fourth-and-two on a quarterback dive inside the five-yard line. He followed that by hitting LeKendrick Williams on an outside screen for the touchdown.
Brandon Connette then took the second-team offense up against the second team defense. On his first play from the 25-yard line going in, he pump-faked a screen pass to trick the defense and then hit a wide-open KeeSean Johnson in the end zone for a touchdown.
On Saturday, Fresno State will now have two open practices that fans can attend - both located in Bulldog Stadium.
The morning practice, which originally was closed but now is open to the public, will run from 9:15-10:45 a.m. Following that practice, the team will be signing autographs for fans along the `Dog House' wall on the south entrance of Bulldog Stadium.
Then that evening from 7-9 p.m., Fresno State's first scrimmage of fall camp is also open to the public. There will be free give-aways of the new 2014 team poster and schedule magnet at the scrimmage during the evening session and Pardini's, Fresno State's new concessionaire, will have a stand open at the south gate of the stadium.
"Be Bold" - The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM.
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