Bulldogs Air It Out at Tuesday's Practice

Aug. 14, 2012

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team worked heavily on third-down situations and its downfield passing game during Tuesday's practice, which was the 14th of fall camp.

The Bulldogs spent both 7-on-7 periods working on throwing the ball deep in third-and-long situations before going through three team periods, two of which were hurry-up offense situations.

"I thought our guys had pretty good focus [Tuesday]," DeRuyter said. "We're getting much more efficient. When Derek [Carr] is in there, we're a different offense."

The Bulldogs held a live eight-minute team drill where the offense was put in a situation backed up against their own end zone and playing from behind.

"We just played it out back and forth, so for the coaches and for the players it was a really good situational practice today," DeRuyter said.

Carr led the Bulldogs to touchdowns on both of his drives, one coming in the team tempo session and the other in the eight minute drill.

In the tempo session, Carr drove the offense right down the field. The drive was aided by a Michael Harris run of roughly 20 yards before Carr hit Marcel Jensen for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Then in the eight-minute drill, Carr showed off his arm to get the Bulldogs in the end zone. He first got Fresno State across midfield with a tremendous deep ball to Rashad Evans, a pass that traveled around 50 yards in the air. Carr capped off the drive with a touchdown pass to Josh Harper.

"We just got to keep grinding," offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said of his unit. "We got to keep working on situation football, but I think today was a good day. Let's see if we can now follow it up with another one."

Quarterback Greg Watson was able to move the second team offense in the tempo session, as both he and freshman running back Marteze Waller broke off long runs. However, the second team was unable to find the end zone going up against the first-team defense.

For the second day in a row, strong safety Phillip Thomas intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. On Tuesday he picked off a Watson pass that went through the hands of a receiver and fell right into his arms during the eight-minute drill.

Linebacker Kyrie Wilson also intercepted a pass Tuesday that came off a ball that hit a receiver in the head in the first team session when the Bulldogs were focusing on third-down plays.

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