From his first news conference at Fresno State, coach Tim DeRuyter has express a desire for the football program to re-connect with past players and get them involved.
He was delighted with Saturday's game at Bulldog Stadium, where hundreds of former players came onto the field to be honored before the game, some of them dating as far back with the Bulldogs as 1948.
"We definitely got a good vibe from our former players, feeling reconnected with our program," DeRuyter said Monday."One of our big goals here was making those guys feel like what they did laid the ground work for what we have today, and wanting them to feel a permanent part of this program.
"I want our current players to realize that Bulldog football doesn't just last four or five years. It's a lifetime commitment."
DeRuyter also had the Bulldogs run three running plays out of T-formation (three running backs positioned directly left to right to one another, with the quarterback under center) as tribute to longtime Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney, who passed away in February.
Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr excited the crowd Saturday when he picked up a first down on a 16-yard scramble on third-and-long, then proceeded to leap a few yards at the end of the run.
But DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Dave Schramm were not happy with Carr's decision to jump at the end of the play and scolded the quarterback on the sideline. Top receiver Davante Adams also had words with Carr.
This is the second time this season that Carr has leaped around the goal line, and he's been denied the score both times. Carr began his leaping act in 2011 when he scored on 3-yard run after diving head-first and over a defender to hit a pylon during Fresno State’s 42-29 loss at Nebraska.
Carr and DeRuyter smiled when discussing the play afterward. But on Monday, DeRuyter still wasn't happy Carr's decision. After all, if Carr were to go down, the drop-off is significant with reserves Brian Burrell and Myles Carr combining for 29 passing yards in their careers.
"I love his competitive nature," DeRuyter said. "I love the fact that he wants to do whatever it takes. But he's also got to be very, very smart. There's a reason that we limit our opportunities for him to be a force in our quarterback run game, because he'd be excellent in it.
"But the more shots you take, the likelihood of you getting injured goes up. And the same thing when you go up in the air. I don't know if he got confused of where he was. He wasn't going to be jumping into the end zone from the 5-yard line. We had to remind him on the sideline: He's not Superman. Maybe Batman, but not Superman."
Past 6-0 Bulldogs teams
Heading into Saturday's Mountain West football game at San Diego State, Fresno State is seeking its first 7-0 start since 1991. The Bulldogs were led then by running back Lorenzo Neal and quarterback Mark Barsotti and finished 10-2.
A win Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium also would surpass the 2001 Bulldogs' undefeated streak.
The '01 Fresno State team started 6-0 and was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation with quarterback David Carr leading the way, until losing to Boise State in the Bulldogs' seventh game of the year.
Eye on Aztecs
San Diego State has won three straight games after dropping its first three. The Aztecs were on a bye last week.
Under coach Rocky Long, the Aztecs have gone 2-5 in their past seven contests against Top-25 programs. San Diego State hasn't hosted a nationally ranked opponent since 1998 (lost to No. 16 Arizona 35-16).
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