Fresno State football: Key recruit added to bolster defensive line

The Fresno BeeJune 4, 2014 

Fresno State added to its defensive line depth and its versatility up front on Wednesday, signing end Gabe Newman from Diablo Valley College.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Newman has four years to play three seasons with the Bulldogs, and will join a position group that lost starters Nikko Motta and Andy Jennings as well as backup Ben Letcher.

In the spring, the Bulldogs had nose guard Tyeler Davison taking reps at end, giving Maurice Poyadue and Ioane Sagapolu opportunities to earn playing time inside while manufacturing some depth outside.

Newman will compete with Todd Hunt, Nate Madsen and Claudell Louis at end, with Davison able to move inside and out.

The Bulldogs also have two incoming freshman on the defensive line -- Sam Akoteu (6-2, 290) from Serra High-Gardena and Kyle Hendrickson (6-4, 250) from San Pasqual-Escondido.

Last season at Diablo Valley, Newman was in on 15 tackles including 2.5 sacks for a minus-15 yards.

10 Bulldogs land on publication's preseason All-Mountain West teams

Fresno State had 10 players named to Phil Steele's preseason All-Mountain West teams for the 2014 College Football Preview, which hits newsstands June 24.

A conference-best seven Bulldogs were listed as first-team selections -- Tyeler Davison, outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, safety Derron Smith, running back Josh Quezada, wide receiver Josh Harper, offensive guard Cody Wichmann and punter Garrett Swanson. Utah State, which lost to Fresno State's in last year's inaugural Mountain West championship, was second with five first-team picks.

Other Bulldogs named to Steele's preseason list were offensive tackle Justin Northern (third team), outside linebacker Donovan Lewis (fourth team) and safety Charles Washington (fourth team).

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