Fresno State Football

Fresno State football: Dontel James to miss a month or more, hurting running back depth

Fresno State's deep group of running backs has taken another hit.

Dontel James, a redshirt freshman out of Summit High-Fontana who had moved up in the playing rotation toward the end of fall camp, will miss at least the next month with a lower leg injury suffered in the opening loss at USC.

"It's a tough situation for the kid. He really wants to be out here, but sometimes bodies don't allow that to happen. He's a couple more weeks from being ready to go. They're saying four to six," DeRuyter said as his 0-2 team prepares for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff against Nebraska — 2-0 and ranked No. 21 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

Fresno State went into fall camp with Juice Quezada and Marteze Waller, who accounted for 73.9% of the Bulldogs' rushing yards a year ago, at the front of the group and Malique Micenheimer, James and freshman Kurt Scoby all vying for playing time this season.

Scoby has been out since suffering a severe concussion in an Aug. 9 scrimmage.

"Juice is getting stronger and stronger. Marteze has been a bell cow for us and Mice has been good in spots," DeRuyter said. "Luckily, we have some quality depth there, we just can't sustain many more injuries because you need to have multiple backs."