Bulldogs of the Week
Bee reporters pick their top Fresno State performers from the past week:
Bryant-Jon Anteola: Marteze Waller, RB
Recap: The sophomore provided a much-needed punch to the running game at Hawaii, gaining 95 yards on 22 carries. Though his longest run of 21 yards wasn't anything extraordinary, he came through on some of the more simple but apparently tougher things to do this season — like scoring twice from 1 yard out. Waller also appeared to score a third touchdown from a short distance, as video replay showed, but officials ruled he fell short. Waller also didn't fumble on a night Fresno State fumbled four times (three lost) and committed five turnovers overall.
Quoted: "I thought Marteze ran really hard last week and was really pleased," Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter said. "Going into that game, (Hawaii) was the No. 1 rush defense in the Mountain West. … Our offensive line got some movement, and Marteze just ran really hard."
Up next: Waller will continue to share carries with starter Josh Quezada, who has the edge in pass protection and when catching the football out of the backfield. Waller, however, has shown to be the more explosive runner. Fresno State rushed for a season-high 206 yards last week. But the Bulldogs still are looking for their first 100-yard individual rushing performance. Idaho ranks 103rd in the nation in run defense, allowing 207.4 yards per game.
Robert Kuwada: WR Josh Harper
Recap: With Isaiah Burse ejected for targeting and Davante Adams slogging through double teams on the other side of the field, Harper caught nine passes for a career-high 123 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 42-3 lead.
Quoted: "He's doing what we thought he could do last year up until he got hurt. We all thought Harp was going to have a great season last year. He got hurt, and the main thing was for him to be healthy this year so he could experience the success he's had so far," receivers coach Ron Antoine said.
Up next: If Adams continues to draw double teams from opposing defenses, Harper will continue to make them pay. He has caught two touchdown passes in three of the Bulldogs' four games, the six TDs tied for second in the Mountain West and tied for fifth in the bowl subdivision.