August 15, 2010

Bulldogs hold scrimmage

The Bulldogs held their first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday in front of about 1,000 fans at Bulldog stadium. The scrimmage saw sophomore running back Robbie Rouse make dazzling plays, senior quarterback Ryan Colburn play well, and young players beginning to make their mark on the team in hopes of playing this season.

On the first play of the scrimmage Colburn handed off to Rouse who dazzled the crowd by juking and jiving his way through the defense and had a 60 yard run down the right sideline for a touchdown. However, the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Rouse who is projected to be the starter in the backfield replacing Ryan Mathews who went in the first round of this year's NFL draft, had only three carries for a total of 24 yards in a scrimmage were the starters weren't really going to play a lot of reps.

"Robbie is a very consistent player, and I think that is the name of the game for a running back, you want a guy who takes care of the ball who will make the first guy miss and Robbie's doing all those, I really like having back there." said quarterback Ryan Colburn.

Another player who played well was senior quarterback Ryan Colburn. Colburn threw two touchdown passes, one a 40 yard touchdown to senior receiver Devon Wylie and another 26 yard pass to junior Rashad Evans. Colburn finished the scrimmage 7-11 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Pat Hill was really happy with how the senior played.

"I think Colburn threw the ball awesome tonight, Ryan Colburn has really stepped up his game from last year. I thought he had a good game. He has really worked hard in the off season." Said head coach Pat Hill.

Derek Carr was also impressive going 9-17 for 121 yards; however, he was not able to connect for any touchdown passes. Coach Hill has a decision to make on whether he will red shirt Carr or waste another year of his eligibility and have him as the Back-up to Colburn.

One of the players who fans were looking to see was wide receiver Victor Dean who is 6-6 and will be looked at to possibly be a jump ball receiver when the offence is closed to the end zone. Dean had a 10 yard reception in the back of the end zone from quarterback Kelly O'Brien.

"He is a beast" said Colburn on what he thinks of Dean.

Defensively the Bulldogs played well as a lot of the young pups were able to step up and make some great plays. Freshman defensive backs Derron Smith, who is candidate to replace injured Zak Hill, had an interception in the scrimmage. Sean Alston, another freshman defensive back also had one interception. Smith has been impressing coaches and players all camp long.

"Derron has been showing himself a lot during camp, he has been catching a lot of guy's eyes he is playing well." said senior defensive back Lorne Bell.

The Bulldogs continue camp Sunday which is now closed to both the fans and the media. They will then hold two more scrimmages August 21st and August 28th however, both those are closed to fans and media as well.

The next time that the fans will be able to see the team is on September 4th when Fresno State opens their 2010 season against defending Big East champions the Cincinnati Bearcats at Bulldog Stadium.

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