Fresno State took another step away from 1-11 on Tuesday, the first full practice day in fall camp, adding two new players to the roster in position groups under repair.
Included: former Central High cornerback Johnny Johnson, a graduate transfer from UCLA who is eligible to play this season and adds experience and depth at a spot the Bulldogs long have lacked requisite depth.
Coach Jeff Tedford also added defensive end Kwami Jones from College of San Mateo.
I told our guys to keep their eyes open. Thing pop up. We’re constantly evaluating and seeing who’s there.
Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford
“You have a really good mix of junior college kids and high school kids, of transfers and graduate transfers,” Tedford said. “Some come with a lot of experience and are guys that have been highly recruited and they create a lot of competition for us, for our team. It’s going to make us better.”
Fresno State over the past week also has added wide out Michiah Quick (Central High/Oklahoma), running back Romello Harris (Tulare/Washington State) offensive linemen Cody Pound (Butte College) and Markus Boyer (UCLA) and wide out Brian Burt (Ventura College).
Johnson as a graduate transfer has one season of college football remaining and Jones has four years to play three for the Bulldogs. Pound also is a 4-for-3 while Boyer and Burt both are 2-for-2s.
Johnson, a four-star recruit coming out of high school, last season played in eight games at UCLA with one start and was credited with six tackles including 1.0 tackles for loss. His younger brother, Jaylon Johnson, is a freshman defensive back at Utah who met this year with Tedford but kept his commitment to the Utes.
Quick and Harris have to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules, but both will have an impact with every rep.
“With Michiah out there, even though he can’t play (this season), he’s going to be a very talented guy that’s out there and it’s great to practice against great people,” Tedford said. “It just makes you better. He’ll be a real asset to the team, just because of his skill level, and people practicing with him and against him.”
Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
Ready to go
Preseason practice: The Bulldogs have 22 practice dates including Tuesday’s opener.
Public invited: The only practice that’s open to the public is Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 19 at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs will meet fans from 5-6 p.m. and then play their third and final scrimmage from 7-10 p.m.
Season-opener: Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Incarnate Word at Bulldog Stadium
Robert Kuwada: The Bee’s Fresno State football writer reports on the latest from fall camp, www.fresnobee.com/bulldogs and @rkuwada on Twitter
Coming up: The Bee’s Bulldog magazine publishes Aug. 31