Football Team Competes in First Scrimmage
    Running back James Tillman got several carries in Thursday's intersquad scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium.
    Running back James Tillman got several carries in Thursday's intersquad scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium.

    Aug. 17, 2000

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Bulldogs had their first chance to participate in game conditions today in the camp's first intersquad scrimmage. Approximately 100 plays were run in the two-hour game, which included several hard hits and solid efforts on both sides of the ball.

    "I was very pleased with the way everyone looked," head coach Pat Hill said. "We are working really hard as a team, and it's starting to pay off. We're going to continue to put in the time in practice and continue to improve as a unit."

    The scrimmage consisted of scripted plays run by the first, second and third offensive and defensive units. Several game situations, such as three-down sequences, fourth-and-short yardage plays and third-and-long passing plays were simulated. As the scrimmage neared its conclusion, the three place kickers -- Brandon Esparza, Asen Asparov and Brett Visintainer -- took their shots at converting field goals ranging in distance from 30 to 47 yards.

    Two-a-day practices continue Friday at the Fresno State Practice Facility. The Bulldogs will compete in another intersquad scrimmage on Sunday at 9 a.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free.

    Fresno State's season opener is Sept. 2 at Ohio State. Season tickets and tickets to the FS-OSU game are currently available at the Fresno State Ticket Office (559-278-DOGS) or by clicking "TICKETS" in the left-hand sidebar of this screen.

     

     

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