Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford cut a shortish practice short Friday to give the Bulldogs a chance to freshen a bit a day before before the second scrimmage in fall camp.
This one will be much more of a test for the offense.
“There’s more stuff that we’ve installed defensively, so there will be different coverage variations and different blitzes and so on and so forth,” Tedford said. “It’s not just a test for the quarterback; it’s a test for pass protection, blocking for the run, making sure our assignments are down. Last time, there were a few things in there, but (Saturday) it will be can you put the mental and the physical together.”
Tribute – In camp, the Bulldogs all have their names across the front of their helmets. Linebacker Nela Otukolo has his as well as that of Delvon Hardaway, a tribute to the wideout who injured his knee last week and is out for the season.
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“He’s a big bro to me,” Otukolo said. “He took me under his wing. It was a hard transition for me coming in and adapting to that college life and getting used to Fresno, and he played a big role in welcoming me in and making me feel at home.
“I feel his pain, you know? Just to have that end, it’s disappointing, but he’s on my shoulders now and I’m going to go out and leave it all on the field for him.”
Safety in numbers – Defensive backs coach J.D. Williams has had cornerback Juju Hughes taking some reps from time to time at safety, getting a different look at the defense he is running.
“It helps,” said Hughes, the former Hanford High standout. “You get different route concepts. You get to see more at safety. It can definitely help when I’m at corner. You get to see more, get the whole defense. I know where the help is coming from at all times, know what everybody is doing. It definitely helps.”
Milton on move – The competition within position groups definitely is up since the spring, and not all of it is because of the new players. There are some who have been in the program who have moved up and into contention for playing time as well, including third-year sophomore safety Ka’Lonn Milton.
The Buchanan High grad has been repping mostly with the No. 2 defense and continues to make plays.
“So far, he has had a really good camp,” Tedford said. “He had a really good summer and he’s playing fast and is a physical guy. He’s in position to make plays a lot. He has really taken a step forward.”
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Fresno State 2017 schedule
Home games at Bulldog Stadium
Sept. 2 vs. Incarnate Word, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Alabama, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sept. 16 at Washington, 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12)
Sept. 30 vs. Nevada, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at San Jose State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Oct. 14 vs. New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at San Diego State. 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oct. 28 vs. UNLV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 vs. Brigham Young, TBA (ESPN networks)
Nov. 11 at Hawaii. 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Wyoming, 11 or 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 25 vs. Boise State, 12:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Other key dates
Saturday: Scrimmage 2
Saturday, Aug. 19: Scrimmage 3/Fan Appreciation Day (open to public)
Tuesday, Aug. 22: Classes start