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As a true freshman, James Bailey made a strong first impression with his versatility. This season, Fresno State needs him to make plays, whether tackles for loss, sacks or passes defended and interceptions.
Fresno State is going to be young again on defense, but that youth has experience after taking its lumps a year ago and the unit has much more upside with a strong nose guard in Malik Forrester and better play on the outside at the cornerback positions.
Fresno State never could settle on a quarterback last season while finishing last in total offense in the 12-team Mountain West Conference. Heading into 2016, questions persist behind center as well as at running back and along the line.
Fresno State has had a rough go since Derek Carr moved on to the NFL. But with Chason Virgil atop a group that will get even deeper next season, the Bulldogs finally may be on the right track at quarterback.
Junior Dontel James, who had knee surgery in fall camp, said he is ready to take on a full workload. Fresno State is hoping the run game can take some pressure off quarterback Chason Virgil and an offense that struggled last season to produce points.
Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter discusses opening the 2016 season at Nebraska during his weekly news conference. The Bulldogs play the Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. Saturday at storied Lincoln Memorial Stadium. DeRuyter said the Bulldogs will be young this year, but they have talent. And as DeRuyter revealed Monday, the Bulldogs turned to an interesting outside source for training on how to deal with emotional situations like Saturday's season opener projects to be.
Fresno State inside linebacker George Helmuth spent his high school days at Clovis North and was molded into a football player under then-coach Cory Hall. Helmuth joined Fresno State as a preferred walk-on.
While schools in the Mountain West and American Athletic conferences vie to join a Power Five conference, Fresno State has stayed on the sidelines. To be in position to make a move, stadium renovation must be complete, budget and staffing have to rise.
Fresno State football player Shane Gama says he almost died from heatstroke during a summer workout. More than a month later, even with Gama back observing practice while awaiting clearance to play, his family seeks answers from the university about what happened.
The redshirt freshman had an advantage in the competition to take the first snap on Sept. 3 at Nebraska, having gone through spring practices in the Bulldogs’ new offense. But he won the job by extending that margin through fall camp, exhibiting a good command and taking care of the football.
William McDowell-White, the five-star basketball point guard from Australia, will take courses at a Southern California prep school. Fresno State coach Rodney Terry: “We highly anticipate him being with us this season.”
Fresno State is offering improved access to snacks and light meals for its players after its training table concept failed to meet disparate needs. On the field, cornerback Anthoula “Tank” Kelly continues his surprise comeback, and the coaching staff makes plans for handling its quarterback corps beyond this week’s expected announcement regarding a starter.
Fresno State cornerback Anthoula (Tank) Kelly, thought to be out for the season, makes a return to the practice field Tuesday. Linebacker Nela Otukolo and running back Dontel James also are making their way back from injuries, just as the Bulldogs heat up prep work for their trip to Nebraska for the Sept. 3 opener.
Fresno State defensive lineman Wyatt McBee grew up rooting for the football team and realized his dream of playing for the Bulldogs as a preferred walk-on. McBee, who comes from a family of farmers, also takes great pride in wearing the green V on the back of his helmet.
Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter discusses opening the 2016 season at Nebraska during his weekly news conference. The Bulldogs play the Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. Saturday at storied Lincoln Memorial Stadium. DeRuyter said the Bulldogs will be young this year, but they have talent. And as DeRuyter revealed Monday, the Bulldogs turned to an interesting outside source for training on how to deal with emotional situations like Saturday's season opener projects to be. -Bryant-Jon Anteola
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