Football Team Don Pads for the First Time

Aug. 16, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - It took nine practice sessions but the Bulldogs finally got to put on their pads today.

After the mandatory three days of non-padded practices, Fresno State's football team went through a morning session in full equipment that was filled with a lot of hitting.

"The guys have tired legs so the hitting wasn't as crisp as you would like, but there was definitely some hard hitting going on and they are working hard," said fourth-year head coach Pat Hill. "The guys like the contact and we want to be a physical team so we will do a lot of hitting between now and Sept. 2 (Fresno State's season opening game vs. Ohio State). There was a lot of hitting today."

The Bulldogs went through an afternoon practice in half pads and helmets.

Fresno State will holds its first scrimmage of the fall camp on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bulldog Stadium. The 'Dogs will be working on all aspects of the game in the nearly 100-play scripted scrimmage.

Defensive coordinate Kevin Coyle is pleased with his unit's progress during fall camp. Coyle, entering his fourth season as defensive coordinator, welcomes back three first-team All-WAC players -- linebacker Orlando Huff, tackle Alan Harper and safety Anthony Limbrick -- on defense.

"This is the best intensity and recall of schemes that we have had since I've been here," said Coyle. "We are making strides in our tempo and more guys are getting the kinds of reps and learning assignments we need to learn. Things have been good since the first day."

Season tickets for the 2000 season are available by clicking "TICKETS" in the left-hand sidebar of this page or by calling the Fresno State ticket office at (559) 278-DOGS.



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