Bulldogs Work Through A Little Chill on Friday

March 8, 2013

By Jason Clay

Post-Practice Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team is reaching the halfway point of spring football, completing its seventh of 15 practices on a chilly Friday morning at Bulldog Stadium.

The 'Dogs ended practice with a pair of live team periods and even the quarterbacks, who are normally off limits for tackling, were full-to on Friday.

Head coach Tim DeRuyter saw things he liked from both sides of the ball. Offensively, he was happy with how the team took care of the ball, something that hasn't always been the case this spring.

"Our offense took care of the ball much better today," DeRuyter said. "I liked our situational stuff [we ran Friday]. We saw guys like Myles Carr make some guys miss and make a play. We know Isaiah [Burse] can make plays, and he got an opportunity to do that.

"Defensively, we got to look at the tape and see who is missing tackles in space and we got to work on that tomorrow."

In the team period, redshirt freshman quarterback Myles Carr and junior running back Josh Quezada both had lengthy runs where they sprung themselves by shaking off defenders.

Fresno State also opened up the playbook a bit on Friday, showing a small trace of the trickery we saw from the Bulldogs last season.

The 'Dogs ran a pair of reverses on Friday in the team session and both had success. Dillon Root took the first one for a first down and on the next drive, Isaiah Burse took one in for a touchdown of around 25 yards.

The chilly temperatures came with some overnight rain. DeRuyter was actually hoping it would rain in practice, as he wants to put his team through as many adverse situations as possible.

Since there was no rain during practice, DeRuyter was taking water bottles and hosing down the ball before the center-quarterback exchange.

"When we go into next fall, we know we are going to have to win in weather," DeRuyter said. "Whether it's going to be white weather with snow, rainy weather, our guys got to have the mentality that weather doesn't matter.

"I want it to be harder in practice than it is come games in the fall, so you want to have an opportunity. I was hoping it was going to rain, we didn't get it, so artificially I had to create it."

The Bulldogs did do a good job of taking care of the football and DeRuyter said afterwards he was happy that the team went out there and protected the wet football.

Fresno State returns to the field Saturday morning for practice No. 8 of spring football.

After running the live team periods driving up and down the field on Friday, the Bulldogs will shift gears a little bit on Saturday. DeRuyter said they plan to work in some red zone and two-minute situations then.

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