Bulldogs Polish Up at Saturday's Practice

Aug. 18, 2012

By Jason Clay

Head Coach Tim DeRuyter Interview
Defensive Coordinator Nick Toth Interview
Junior Quarterback Derek Carr
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team returned to the practice field Saturday afternoon following Friday night's scrimmage and held a 90-minute session in shoulder pads and helmets.

The Bulldogs worked on correcting and polishing things the coaching staff saw from the film of the scrimmage the night before.

"We put them in some situations today, but not a whole lot of hitting after yesterday," DeRuyter said about Saturday's practice. "We were pretty physical [in the scrimmage]. We had about 102 plays yesterday, so we wanted to back off a little on the physicality and work more on the mental game."

After reviewing the tape, there were plenty of positives to work off of.

"I think we definitely took strides on both sides of the ball from a week ago," DeRuyter said. "Offensively our first unit was really efficient."

After completing 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the scrimmage, quarterback Derek Carr looked just as sharp in the team periods Saturday. He made several nice throws in tight windows and was hitting receivers in stride.

"We did some great things on offense and I was excited with where we were at and the things we were doing," Carr said about Friday's scrimmage. "I'm really happy with where we are at and I just can't wait for Sept. 1."

Defensively, DeRuyter said the Bulldogs are doing a great job getting to the ball.

"Coach Toth and that staff have done a really good job getting those guys chasing the ball," DeRuyter said. "We are doing things to disrupt the run game, which puts us in second-and-long and third-and-long and that is in our wheelhouse defensively."

Fresno State has Sunday off from practice. The Bulldogs practice on Monday and Tuesday mornings before classes start Wednesday.

The team has Wednesday off from practice, but comes back Thursday afternoon to begin working on the game plan for the season opener against Weber State on Sept. 1 in Bulldog Stadium.

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