Football Notebook 1.1 - News and Notes

Feb. 19, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - With the start of spring football less than a week away, here are some news and notes keeping Bulldog fans updated with the Fresno State football team.

• The first of 15 allotted spring practices is next Monday, Feb. 25. The time for The Real California Milk Spring Game, which is on Saturday, March 23, has been set to begin at noon in Bulldog Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free and open to the public, however, all other spring practices will be closed.

Events surrounding the spring game on March 23 include a free kids clinic put on by Bulldog football players, an autograph session with the team plus other fan events. Those festivities take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Graduating seniors Phillip Thomas and Robbie Rouse have been invited to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., Rouse and the rest of the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers arrive at the combine on Feb. 21 and over the next four days under go a battery of tests, workouts and interviews. Rouse's on-field workout (timing, station, skill drills) takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Thomas arrives at the combine on Saturday, Feb. 23 and his four day regiment comes to an end on Tuesday, Feb. 26 with his on-field workout.

For the ninth-straight year, NFL Network and will provide exclusive coverage of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, NFL Network and will broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers as the `Path to Primetime' continues.

Recent Bulldogs at the NFL Combine:
2012 - WR Devon Wylie
2011 - DE Chris Carter, QB Ryan Colburn, WR Jamel Hamler and OL Andrew Jackson
2010 - WR Seyi Ajirotutu, CB A.J. Jefferson, P Robert Malone, RB Ryan Mathews, RB Lonyae Miller, WR Chastin West

• Quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Davante Adams attended the 58th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards Banquet on Feb. 9. The two received their 2013 Player to Watch awards, which was presented to only 12 returning athletes in 2013. Here is what Carr and Adams had to say about the experience.

"Being able to go to Columbus and be a part of their event was amazing," Carr said. "It was humbling to see how many good athletes were there and to be able to be a part of it and represent Fresno State - represent our team and our coaches - it was awesome"

"I was obviously very honored to be able to go to it," Adams added. "It was just good all-around, we had fun meeting all the other players that were nominated for awards and received awards. I saw a lot of guys that I've heard about before, but never actually met them, so it was just good to be around them and good for other people to see and get to hear your name and know who you are too."

Some of the other players honored by the TDC include Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron, San Jose State's David Fales, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch and Marshall's Rakeem Cato to name a few.

• Junior-to-be Greg Watson will be moving from quarterback to wide receiver next season. Watson, who saw time at both positions in 2012, started at wide receiver for the Bulldogs in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. He caught five passes for 48 yards in the loss. In 2012, Watson had nine receptions for 98 yards, rushed 23 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns and was 7-of-22 passing for 128 yards. Watson is the only player entering the spring expected to make a position change.

• Fresno State is in its fifth and final week of winter workouts before the start of spring ball. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the team started its Red Dawn workouts, which consists of conditioning drills to get the team in shape for spring football.

"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647).