Football Team Goes Through Second Scrimmage of Fall Practice
Running back Paris Gaines continues to recover from offseason knee injury. He carried the ball several times in Sunday's scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium.
Running back Paris Gaines continues to recover from offseason knee injury. He carried the ball several times in Sunday's scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium.

Aug. 21, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - After several days of good, crisp practices, Fresno State head coach Pat Hill was noticeably upset with his team's effort and execution in Sunday's scrimmage. It was the second scrimmage of the fall camp.

The scrimmage, which was designed to emulate the season opener vs. Ohio State on Sept. 2, was held at Bulldog Stadium at 9 a.m., the same time as the Bulldog vs. Buckeye's game. An audio system with loud speakers playing game noise was used to emulate the sound of Ohio Stadium and the team was dressed in its game uniforms. All of those factors should have made for a good scrimmage, leaving Hill frustrated.

"I wasn't very pleased," Hill said following the nearly two-hour scrimmage. "The first unit only went through about eight plays. Our guys have to realize that they can't just turn it on on game days. We didn't compete. We didn't play hard. We didn't hit anybody. That was not Bulldog football."

There were several mistakes, including penalties and fumbled snaps, which led to the sloppy scrimmage. The scrimmage had several game situations including kickoff and kick returns, over the field with various situations and an overtime exercise.

"We just didn't execute," Hill said. "I don't want to blame it on the 19th practice without a break because we don't want any excuses around here. That was unacceptable. We have 13 days to get ready for the season opener and we will get there, but we just didn't accomplish much today."

The Bulldogs were without a couple starters in this morning's scrimmage, including left tackle Kevin Jordan (dehydration), center Rodney Michael (knee sprain), defensive end Brian Morris (knee sprain) and defensive end Jason Stewart (hip strain). All four players could return later in the week.

The battle for the starting kicker position continued. Both Asen Asparuhov and Brett Visintainer had opportunities to attempt live field goals. Visintainer showed excellent leg strength on his kickoffs.

The biggest offensive play came with freshman quarterback Nate Ray connected with sophomore receiver Marque Davis for a 70-yard touchdown.

Defensively, several Bulldogs made big plays. Jajuan Huddleston had two fumble recoveries and safety Vernon Fox intercepted a David Carr pass. Nose tackle Thabiti Lockhart also had a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs will resume Monday at 9 a.m. with a practice in full pads. The next scrimmage will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Hill also announced that beginning with Wednesday's scrimmage, the remainder of the practices of fall camp will be closed.

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