Fresno State Jamal Ellis, left, looks to tackle San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey during their game in October 2014 at Bulldog Stadium. Ellis played in 12 of 14 games last season with four starts and finished with 25 tackles.
Fresno State Jamal Ellis, left, looks to tackle San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey during their game in October 2014 at Bulldog Stadium. Ellis played in 12 of 14 games last season with four starts and finished with 25 tackles. CRAIG KOHLRUSS FRESNO BEE FILE
Fresno State Jamal Ellis, left, looks to tackle San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey during their game in October 2014 at Bulldog Stadium. Ellis played in 12 of 14 games last season with four starts and finished with 25 tackles. CRAIG KOHLRUSS FRESNO BEE FILE

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