Bulldogs Gearing Up for First Fall Scrimmage

Aug. 9, 2013

By Jason Clay

Post-Practice Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Junior RB Malique Micenheimer
FRESNO, Calif. - Friday marked the eighth day of fall camp for the Fresno State football team as the Bulldogs are gearing up for Saturday's scrimmage, the first of camp that will give the coaches an all-inclusive look at where the team stands.

The Bulldogs held practice No. 9 on Friday morning, going in full pads, and practice again late Friday afternoon in what is the second two-a-day session for the 'Dogs.

"They've been showing up every day, we haven't had a bad practice," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We've had individual mental busts, but the effort has been great.

"I've been proud of our guys, they've showed up every day with a lunch pail and said lets go to work."

Fresno State, which hasn't done much live tackling thus far in camp, will go live in Saturday's scrimmage where the coaches are shooting for 90 plays working in various situations - 2-minute and drives starting at different areas on the field.

"When you go out and install your offense and defense and don't tackle to the ground, it is great teaching, but by definition when you just touch somebody he's down," DeRuyter said. "You don't get a chance to see, can someone make someone miss, can a defender get a guy down in space and really the scrimmage situations is where you go up and down on the depth chart. We're looking forward to that... it will be fun on Saturday."

The coaching staff is hoping to see the teaching and installation lead to execution on Saturday where there are a number position battles to watch for.

There is a three-way battle right now at the second cornerback position opposite of L.J. Jones between Shannon Edwards, Jamal Ellis and Curtis Riley.

Fresno State has three running backs right now that have really performed well in Malique Micenheimer, Josh Quezada and Marteze Waller.

"It's a friendly competition, but at the same time everybody wants to play," Micenheimer said. "Guys are competing, running hard and working to learn their playbook fast."

There is also room for movement on the offensive line at one of the outside linebacker positions, although Nat Harrison thus far in camp has been playing really well at that spot.

After Saturday's scrimmage, Fresno State will be off on Sunday for the first time since opening up camp. From there on out, the Bulldogs have 17 practices remaining before the season opener at home on Aug. 29 against Rutgers.

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