Dec. 2, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Time never stops, and each day, month and year seems to go by quicker than the last. Memories that seemed like yesterday really happened years ago. Before you know it your freshman, sophomore and junior years are over and senior year has arrived. And then suddenly you realize your collegiate career is coming to an end.
The 2011 Fresno State senior class is a talented bunch with goals and aspirations that will take them far in life. Receiving All-WAC honors, national ranking achievements, shattering school records and competing in three consecutive bowl games, this senior group has shown true talent and heart.
Saturday, Nov. 26, marks the last game these 12 seniors will play in Bulldog Stadium.
Logan Harrell was National Defensive Player of the Week and first-team All-WAC in 2010. Devon Wylie was two-time National Punt Returner of the week in 2011. Kevin Goessling was WAC Special Teams Player of the Week six times and two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist. Zak Hill had fourteen tackles at Nevada this year, which is the most by a Bulldog since 2009. Bryce Harris has started in 36 consecutive games, while Kyle Knox has recorded over 200 career tackles.
Each Bulldog senior has had a game or moment that stuck out in their memory as their favorite, and no matter how long or short ago that may have been, they still share it with a smile.
Leslie Cooper- Offensive Lineman (Compton, Calif.)
"When I first actually got to start in the game in 2009 against Nevada at Nevada. I had the most pancakes out of the offensive line and I was a sophomore. It was my first start in my collegiate career, so it was an awesome personal memory for me."
Kevin Goessling- Place Kicker (Placentia, Calif.) "When we played Utah State in 2008, it was my freshman season and I was just rebuilding my confidence. I went in with eight minutes left and kicked a 44-yard field and then ended up winning the game with a 58-yard field goal with two seconds left and got the school record."
Isaiah Green- Defensive Back (Long Beach, Calif.) "It was a home game in 2008 against Wisconsin, which I believe it was a sold out crowd. It was the most memorable game here even though we lost. The stands were so crazy! UCLA was also memorable because I am from Los Angeles, so it was a home game for me. We had more fans than UCLA did and we won, so that was definitely one of the most memorable games as well."
Logan Harrell- Defensive Tackle (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) "In 2010, my junior year, during the Cincinnati game we were home and I got my third sack of the night and it was pretty awesome. It was gnarly. It was my biggest game so far at Fresno State."
Bryce Harris- Offensive Lineman (Tulare, Calif.) "Illinois in 2009, it was a gun fight, with the score being 53-52. We went for it and scored a touchdown and then went for two. Ryan Colburn threw the ball wild because someone missed the block. The ball was tipped and Devin Cunningham caught it and scored the 2-point conversion for the win."
Zak Hill- Defensive Back (Fresno, Calif.) "I would have to say Cal in 2011 because I was told after my knee injury that I wasn't going to be able to play again. So just stepping onto the field in uniform was awesome. There are a lot of other games that stick out in my memory, but Cal was the most memorable because after being told you shouldn't play anymore and working so hard to get back on the field, when that time came it was pretty special to me."
Kyle Knox- Linebacker (Los Angeles, Calif.) "In 2008 against Rutgers, because it was one of my first college games. I went hard and it was fun. I made several key plays."
Chase McEntee- Defensive Line (Galena Park, Texas) "I would have to say Rutgers in 2008. It was my very first game here as a true freshman and I only got five snaps, but it was incredible. It was my first college experience. It was nuts. It was cool!"
Donahvaughn Pritchett- Defensive Lineman (Santa Rosa, Calif.) "Cincinnati in 2010. It was the first game of the season and we were all pumped. We took them out! It was 28-14 at the end of the game and the defensive line was in their back field all game and it was a lot of fun."
Austin Raphael- Fullback (Jamestown, Calif.) "One of my first collegiate plays against UCLA in 2008 at the Rose Bowl and I made a tackle on the kick off. We also won the football game."
Bobby Shepard- Long Snapper (Lodi, Calif.) "In 2008, when we played Utah State. There was two seconds left on the clock and we lined up for a 58-yard field goal and I snapped the ball to Kevin Goessling for the game winner and he set the school record."
Ryan Skidmore- Tight End (Bakersfield, Calif.) "My very first college play ever, which was a completion against Wisconsin in 2008. And also, scoring a touchdown against Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl in 2008. That was a pretty big one for me as well."
J.J. Stallworth- Wide Receiver (Sacramento, Calif.) "I don't think I would pick one game. My favorite memory would have to be the 2009 season. Every home game was packed and basically sold out. So walking into the stadium and seeing all the fans was a lot of fun."
Jermaine Thomas- Defensive Back (Duarte, Calif.) "First game I played in as a true starter was in 2010 against Cincinnati. I had five tackles that game and one pass break up, plus we won."
Devon Wylie- Wide Receiver (Roseville, Calif.) "It would have to be playing against Nebraska, in Nebraska, this year. That was probably one of the most amazing games I have ever played in because the crowd was huge and it was a big game for us and being a senior year game and getting to score against them was definitely exciting."
"We Are Your Team" - The Bulldogs close out the 2011 season tomorrow at San Diego State in a 5 p.m. game being televised by CBS College Sports. It is the first meeting between the Aztecs and Bulldogs since 2002.
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