Fresno State has its sights set high with 17 returning starters from a 10-4 team including headliners including quarterback Marcus McMaryion, but three players running under the radar could also have a huge impact.
Fresno State football notebook: More tweaks to offensive line. Edison High walk-on Kevin Jeanniton gets run with first-team defense. Still in search of kicker with Jimmy Camacho graduated. Live action Aug. 11.
Ex-Hanford West softball star Halle Harger declared herself cancer free after six weeks of radiation. Harger, who completed her freshman year at Boise State, is hoping to return to the softball field for the 2019 season.
Fresno State linebacker Kesomi Mafi, a late addition to fall camp a year ago, was set to play a lot of football for the Bulldogs before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Alabama. He is back and ready.
More impressive than the Bulldogs’ 2017 turnaround? They did it succeeding in 4 areas that Fresno State athletics department and football program have in the past fallen well short. Coach Jeff Tedford explains.
Performing strenuous physical activity when the air is harmful to breathe goes against the advice of every health expert and drop of common sense. So what is Fresno State football coach Jeff Tedford supposed to do weeks before the season opener?
President Donald Trump’s “Red Wave” tweet likely wasn’t about Fresno State. But don’t tell that to the Bulldogs fan base, which is nicknamed the Red Wave. Fresno State fans enthusiastically responded to Trump’s tweet.
Fresno State running back Josh Hokit has some extra pop working his way back into football shape after wrestling for the Bulldogs at 197 pounds. He is up to 228 after a summer that included several personal bests in the weight room.
With 18 offensive linemen in camp, Fresno State has room to do some tinkering and they will. But line coach Ryan Grubb will stick with a change from the spring with Netane Muti at left tackle and Christian Cronk at left guard.
Fresno State has a lot of production to replace on its defensive line – 36.5 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks. But a weighty summer has defensive tackle Jasad Haynes, a Clovis North grad, ready to fill that void.
Fresno State was a good tackling team last season when ranked 10th in the nation in scoring defense. The Bulldogs in fall camp are testing a remote-controlled tackling dummy, which could improve those numbers.
When quarterback Hunter Raquet committed to Fresno State in its 2019 recruiting class, he was going to enroll for the spring semester. The Bulldogs called an audible, continuing to add depth and talent to roster.
A new NCAA rule allowing players to participate in any four games while retaining a redshirt year adds to the intrigue – and workload for coach Jeff Tedford and his staff – as the Bulldogs start fall camp and what could be a very big season.
Fresno State has all the ingredients it needs to emerge as the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the final 2018 College Football Playoff rankings. That’s not a prediction, just fanning distinct possibility.