Press man coverage is something that gave the Fresno State Bulldogs a few problems a year ago, even as they were rolling up some impressive offensive numbers.
There were games they did not handle it well, got knocked off their routes and out of their game.
But receivers coach Ron Antoine is confident the position group has developed a tougher mindset against press coverages and put all of that behind them heading into a matchup on Saturday against UNLV in which the Bulldogs' outside receivers will see a lot of it.
"I think, one, we've been more physical from the beginning," Antoine said. "It was one of those deals I felt like last year we had an issue some games with press and we addressed it during the season, we addressed it again in the offseason and we challenged the again in camp.
"And we knew going into this season that Rutgers was going to press us, so we've been working against it against our guys and individually for a long time now. It's something we do anyway, but we put more emphasis on being physical. It helps having (Josh Harper) back, besides Davante (Adams), a guy that can beat press, and I think our younger guys are getting better at beating press as well."
The key in there has been raising the stakes, playing with a more aggressive approach.
"That has developed quite a bit, not to dance quite as much and to use our hands and be physical with those DBs," Antoine said. "If they're going to try to put their hands on us, let's put our hands on them. Get off first, kind of like a boxer. It will be a boxing tournament, to get off first.
"That's the one thing -- a lot of teams are going to play their defense. Even though they've seen us beat press, they're going to come out there and press us and they'll get in our face and challenge us and see what we have. So, it's up to us to go out there every play and be ready to make the play, to win on press coverage, to be physical every play."
If they can win those matchups big plays can result, and Adams and Harper already have caught seven touchdown passes apiece from quarterback Derek Carr.
But the younger receivers also have developed, particularly freshman Da'Mari Scott.
The other day in a one-on-one drill, Scott won a physical matchup with senior cornerback L.J. Jones, knocking him to the ground on his way into his route. "Da'Mari plays physical. He wants to be physical," Antoine said.
Delvon Hardaway, another freshman, come in as more of a finesse receiver, but also has made strides.
"He's having to learn, hey, I can go out there and get physical with a guy, because he's over 6-foot-1, 6-2. He's a tall guy, but he has to learn, as a receiver, I can be just as physical as that DB,'' Antoine said.
''I don't have to dance around him, and the other part of it is he's getting stronger and as he gets stronger working with (strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese), and he's gotten stronger throughout the year, I think he's up 30 pounds in his bench already, you can see him wanting to use it and being more willing to use it.
"Now that he's getting stronger and developing, you'll see him start to look more like Davante, look more like Harp, and the guys that have played already."