Spring Wrap: Fresno State Bulldogs
By Ken Pomponio
While the majority of the Mountain West Conference squads are still thigh-pad deep in spring drills, four programs have already wrapped up their allotted 15 practices.
Here’s a glance at how the spring went for the Fresno State Bulldogs, who are prepping for their second season under coach Tim DeRuyter:
- The Bulldogs have a gaping hole in their secondary as they try to replace departed All-America strong safety Phillip Thomas, but they may already be well on the way to finding an heir apparent in third-year sophomore Charles Washington, a special-teams standout last season. In an interview with the Fresno Bee, FSU defensive coordinator Nick Toth described Washington’s spring play as “awesome” and said he has emerged as the front-runner at the position.
- Fresno’s defensive-line depth looks to be improved, giving rise to hopes for a more productive rotation come the fall.
- Sophomore-to-be Marteze Waller, the most experienced returning tailback in FSU’s no-huddle, spread attack, missed much of the spring with a quad injury, setting him back in quest to win the job vacated by the departure of 1,925-all-purpose-yard back Robbie Rouse.
- It won’t be an issue unless Derek Carr goes down, but the spring did nothing to sort out the Bulldogs’ muddled backup-QB situation. There also are question marks along the interior of the offensive line and at strong-side linebacker.
The Bulldogs didn’t hold a true spring game — it was more of a spirited scrimmage following an afternoon of on-field family and children’s activities at Bulldog Stadium. Nevertheless, with Carr a limited scrimmage participant, redshirt-freshman Myles Carr — no relation to Derek — made his case for the No. 2 QB job by tossing a pair of TD passes.
The Bulldogs get an early jump on the 2013 season by hosting the Big East Conference’s Rutgers in a Thursday, Aug. 29 contest.