Bulldog Offense Highlights Practice No. 4

Aug. 6, 2012

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team held its fourth practice of fall camp on Monday, splitting time out on the practice fields and in Bulldog Stadium during the two-and-a-half hour session.

Monday's practice was in shoulder pads and helmets, but on Tuesday the team will be in full pads for the first time during fall camp.

"Tomorrow we'll be in full pads and it will be a much more physical practice," head coach Tim DeRuyter said.

The practice on Monday was controlled by the Bulldog offense, which was a turnaround from the day before. On Sunday the defense had the upper hand and was able to force a number of turnovers, but the roles reversed Monday and the offense was able to move the ball up and down the field.

"The first couple of days, the defense had the upper hand," DeRuyter said. "They got a bunch of picks and had forced some takeaways. We did a better job today of taking care of the ball."

Junior quarterback Derek Carr looked very confident and sharp finding his receivers in the 7-on-7 passing drills and the team sessions.

During the red zone team period, Carr connected with Davante Adams on a touchdown pass for the second day in a row.

The highlight of the red zone session came right at the end when freshman running back Marteze Waller ran over a defender on his way across the goal line, drawing a loud roar from the offense.

In the final team session when the Bulldogs moved up and down the field, Carr put together two quality drives. Both were not finished, as the coaching staff stopped them before they could score, but the No. 1 offense moved the ball with ease.

Carr was 5-for-5 on the first drive, the first four completions coming on short passes. He then hit receiver Josh Harper up the middle of the field for a big gain on his fifth pass to put the ball in the red zone.

The next time the No. 1 offense got the ball, Carr connected with Adams deep down the sideline for another big play.

The second-team defense held the second and third offensive units to little or no production.

Senior outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo continues to grow at his new position. He is making the transition from defensive end and is coming off shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the entire spring. While the position is still new to him, he is starting to fit in and create havoc on the offense.

"I feel like it is working out pretty well and I'm learning," Okpalaugo said after Monday's practice.

DeRuyter has been impressed with how Okpalaugo has adjusted to the change during fall camp, saying he's been impressive coming off the edge on blitzes. Okpalaugo had a tackle for a loss and a sack during the red zone period Monday.

"The coverage stuff is new to him, but with his length he can get hands on receivers and be disruptive in the passing game," DeRuyter said.

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