The running back by committee approach at Fresno State has taken off a bit the past two weeks, victories at Hawaii and then at Idaho in which Marteze Waller and Josh Quezada have combined to rush for 393 yards on 65 plays, 6.0 yards per play and 196.5 yards per game, with four touchdowns.
Each brings strengths to the position -- Waller rushing the football, with Quezada more experienced having played two seasons at Brigham Young before transferring and more accomplished in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield.
But Waller is closing, which can only make the duo more dynamic as the season progresses.
"He's doing a very nice job of continuing to work on the things that are newer to him," running backs coach Joe Wade said. "He's developing every day, has a good attitude and wants to get better and better and I would anticipate that's going to happen.
"It isn't just one thing, it's his entire game. Like I've always said, with guys that don't have a ton of game experience, the more you play the more things happen and the more comfortable you become because you've been that before or that's happened to you before. You can practice and practice and practice, but it's a little different in the game. It's overall game -- you want to be good at everything, that's what we try to do.
"You have your strengths and your weaknesses and I think he works on his weaknesses and works on his strengths as well. He's done a decent job to this point, but there's a lot of football left in the season so there's always room to improve."
Said Waller: "I feel more comfortable. Everything was new last year, but I'm getting more into it as I go. I still have a lot to do, but I'm getting there."
Pass protection is not something he had to do much -- barely at all -- in high school. When at Putnam County High in Eatonton, Ga., Waller lined up in the I-formation and pounded away at opposing defenses.
Improvement there is a matter of game reps, experience identifying fronts and blitzes.
"It's not a willingness to protect, it's just seeing all the different looks that you get from all the different teams that are trying to figure out a way to get to the passer," Wade said. "That's something that game reps and seeing things, that's something that helps your development and it's hard to simulate that. You get looks in practice, but it happens a lot faster and a lot more intensely in a game.
"That's where you gain the experience and the confidence and all those things. But he's done a good job to this point, and you can get caught as a guy that's played hundreds of games because you have t be on alert on every play. But he's done a good job."
In catching the football, it is patience and slowing down more than anything.
"It's just keeping my eyes on the ball," said Waller, who has caught five passes this season including three in the win at Hawaii. "Keeping my eyes up instead of turning. I'm trying to go before I catch the ball. But I'm more comfortable, big time, I'm getting better with it."
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