Bulldogs Focus on Details In Final Scrimmage
Aug. 20, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team went through practice No. 21 of fall camp on Tuesday morning, the last official practice of training camp. From here on out, the Bulldogs will be in game week and 100 percent focused on their preparations for the season opener against Rutgers on Aug. 29.
Tuesday's session marked the third and final scrimmage, although it was more of a run-through than your traditional scrimmage.
"[Today] was more of a dress rehearsal scrimmage, we did very little tackling to the ground," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "It was primarily a situation where we go through our pregame roll out so guys know where to practice on the field, did a lot of situational work that you may not get in the season, but you may."
Fresno State went through 74 plays on Tuesday. Part of it was scripted and part was situational focusing on the different facets of the game such a red zone work, the two-minute drill and down-and-distance scenarios.
"I like where we are at, we're ready to hit someone in a different colored jersey," DeRuyter said. "Guys are still chippy at each other a little bit. We're going to get heavy into Rutgers prep as we go on from here, we're ready to play a football game."
Looking to protect the ones and twos, those groups did not work in any live tackling situations on Tuesday. However, the threes and fours did as the coaching staff still looks for development across the board.
The highlight from Tuesday was when senior cornerback L.J. Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown. That pick came off of Brian Burrell, but Burrell redeemed himself later in the scrimmage by leading the Bulldogs down 52 yards for a 30-yard field goal by Colin McGuire when the offense was working a situation being down 9-7 with 1:15 left to play.
Fresno State also drilled its special teams on Tuesday, focusing on their protections, coverage's, blocking and execution against scout teams.
With camp behind them and the team entering game week, the depth chart is fairly locked in for this first game.
"It pretty gelled at about 90 percent of the positions, there's some guys that either a two or a three competing to be a two, but for the most part our ones are set and our twos and threes are fairly set," DeRuyter said about the two-deep.
Fresno State practices Wednesday afternoon and then is off on Thursday for the first day of classes. The Bulldogs will then have six remaining practices after that before opening up the season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. against Rutgers.
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