'Dogs Focus on Building Depth at First Scrimmage

Aug. 10, 2013

By: Jason Clay

Post-Scrimmage Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter

FRESNO, Calif. -The Fresno State football team held a 92-play scrimmage on Saturday, its first of fall camp, with a heavy emphasis on building depth.

A number of the starters on both sides of the ball worked only one series right off the bat on Saturday, after that the coaches wanted to see what they got from the reserves as they look to put the team together.

"It was like you'd expect in a first scrimmage," head coach Tim DeRuytersaid. "I think our ones came out and did some good things on both sides of the ball, but they didn't play a whole lot today. We purposely wanted to see what our two's, three's and fours could do and at times guys made plays and at times guys looked ugly.

"That's about what you would expect. I liked our effort, but we got to get a lot better in our depth."

Starting quarterback Derek Carr only saw six plays on the day, after that the snaps were split between Brian Burrell, Myles Carr and Zack Greenlee, who are vying to back Carr up.

Burrell finished the day completing 6-of-10 passes for 50 yards, Myles Carrwas 7-of-15 for 56 yards and Greenlee was 9-of-20 for 58 yards.

"I think Brian Burrellis continuing to improve and he is separating himself from the other two guys," DeRuyter said. "We'll go in and grade the film, but my impression right now is he's ahead."

Defensively, the Bulldogs had a strong day on that side of the ball and did not give up a touchdown in the scrimmage that consisted solely of drives starting in different areas of the field.

The Bulldogs posted 15 tackles for a loss on the day and seven sacks, with sophomore outside linebacker Ejiro Ederainerecording three and a half of those sacks. Ederaine, a backup outside linebacker, had one of the more impressive scrimmages on the defensive side of the ball.

"It's always hard to see up front who's making plays. I know our defense made it hard on our offense to run the ball today," DeRuyter said. "That's typically indicative of who is winning at the point of attack."

The player on the offensive side of the ball that stood out was junior wide receiver Greg Watson, the former back-up quarterback who switched positions right before the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl last season.

Watson caught three passes for 37 yards, which included an acrobatic one-handed 27-yard reception up the middle where he was able to tip a high pass to himself and come down with the ball in one hand. That play set up Fresno State's first field goal on the day, a 22-yarder when Burrell was under center for that drive that went 55 yards in six plays.

Later in the scrimmage, Watson took a receiver screen pass from Myles Carr, was hit in the backfield, but broke the tackle to avoid the big loss and ended up picking up six yards on the play.

Greg Watsonmade a couple of plays," DeRuyter said. "He made a great catch on a tipped ball, made a couple of guys miss and I like the intensity at which he plays."

It was a fairly clean scrimmage, not many flags and just two turnovers, both forced fumbles from the defense that were recovered by Todd Hunt and Ramon Sierra.

Afterwards, DeRuyter called the scrimmage a success since they were able to get a lot of reps to the backups and came away with no major injuries.

"It's a success anytime you can get your two's, three's and fours a lot of reps on tape, which you can evaluate to see where those guys are," DeRuyter said.

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