Bulldogs To Go Live in Saturday's Scrimmage

Aug. 10, 2012

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team is set to host its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday in Bulldog Stadium and it is free and open to the public.

The scrimmage was originally scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m., but because of a heat advisory in Fresno with temperatures expected to reach 110 degrees, it has been moved up one hour.

Now the Bulldogs will take the field at 8:25 a.m. and the scrimmage will start at approximately 8:45 a.m., running roughly two hours.

Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter is looking forward to seeing his guys compete in the live scrimmage.

"We've had glimpses of it as we've had live competitions the last couple days, but to have a whole scrimmage of guys competing will be fun," DeRuyter said.

The Bulldogs will start the session with individual drills before getting into the scrimmage and running the offensive and defensive systems against one another.

"Hopefully the fans are going to see the style of offense that we are going to play, which is going to be an up-tempo, wide-open spread," DeRuyter said. "Defensively, I hope we are going to see guys flying around and making big-time hits."

DeRuyter has challenged both sides of the ball to perform on Saturday.

"Hopefully, we'll get some takeaways on defense and hopefully on offense we'll take care of the ball," he said. "We'll see how it all plays out tomorrow, but it's going to be fun."

Saturday will be the ninth day of camp and the Bulldogs have been working through the heat. At Friday morning's practice, the first of two scheduled on the day, temperatures on the FieldTurf at Bulldog Stadium reached 104 degrees at 10 a.m.

The Bulldogs had an intense period towards the end of the morning session where the offense went live against the defense on the goal line. There was a good give-and-take between the units, but the highlight of the session was provided by freshman running back T.J. Thomas.

Thomas broke two tackles and carried two defenders with him for three yards as he crossed the goal line for a touchdown.

"It was fun to watch our guys compete," DeRuyter said. "I like our club. I think guys on this team are hungry. I think both sides of the ball, they really like to compete. We don't do a ton of live periods, but when we get down on the goal line and we do, it was fun to see guys emerge and it will be fun to watch that tape."

Saturday's scrimmage is the only practice during fall camp that is open to the public. All other practices are closed.

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