Fresno State essentially broke camp Sunday night – the next time the Bulldogs will be on the practice field will be Tuesday, the first day of classes, when they again will be students as well as athletes.
But offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer said the Bulldogs would stay in camp mode repping their quarterbacks through the four practices before getting into game prep for the Sept. 2 season opener against Incarnate Word.
The Bulldogs have three quarterbacks competing to take the first snap in returning starter Chason Virgil, JC transfer Jorge Reyna and Oregon State transfer Marcus McMaryion.
“I think we’re going to go quite a bit of this week still in a fall camp mode and sorting through it,” DeBoer said. “For the most part, the evaluation process is coming to a close. But there’s still things that we need to work on and even a few things that we still want to get in the plans.”
Practice makes plays – Senior wide out Da’Mari Scott, who made a sprawling one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone in the Bulldogs’ final fall camp scrimmage, said he practiced making that play and others with a higher degree of difficulty.
“It was an OK catch,” he said. “I feel like I can make a better catch, or I’ve made better catches. I practice it all the time. Me and my teammates, we kind of just throw the ball at each other different types of ways just to see who can make the craziest catches. It just happened.”
Quick onto field – Wide out Michiah Quick, the Central High grad and Oklahoma transfer, went through individual drills after missing the first part of camp working his way back from a hamstring injury.
He has to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules but is expected to play a key role testing the Bulldogs’ secondary every week on the scout team.
“He moved around, ran around, so he was able to get some skill work in,” coach Jeff Tedford said. “With his ability, our guys have to defend him every week, he’ll give us a great look. He’s a quality receiver.”
Backup center Markus Boyer, who has been out, also was back in practice and did some light work.
Eclipse? What eclipse? – Everyone in North America will get to witness a solar eclipse on Monday; everyone except a lot of football coaches, apparently.
“The only solar eclipse I know is in my office,” Tedford said. “I go in my office, that’s about it. I have no idea what’s going on outside (in) the world.”
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