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Fresno State football: Brandon Connette not ready; Brian Burrell to start against Nebraska

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter had not named a starting quarterback for the Bulldogs' home opener Saturday against Nebraska, but the situation cleared over the past 24 hours.

Brandon Connette, who came out of a loss at Utah with a right hand injury, had made progress through the week in practice. But the Bulldogs staff does not believe he got enough team reps working the game plan with the No. 1 or No. 2 offenses to start.

Junior Brian Burrell, who took the first snaps in the opener at USC and at Utah, will again get the start against the Cornhuskers and he could end up playing a majority of the game.

Connette, the graduate-transfer from Duke was throwing in practice midweek, going through individual drills and throwing in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 periods, but Burrell took the majority of team reps.

The 0-2 Bulldogs have struggled offensively, particularly early in games. Their first five series last week in the loss at Utah were three-and-outs, ending with a punt. They ran 16 plays, netting only 4 yards in the first quarter.

But Burrell did take a step forward in the second half. He completed 6 of 9 passes in the fourth quarter for 92 yards and two touchdowns, those plays covering 42 and 4 yards to slot receiver Greg Watson.

This season, Burrell has hit 19 of 35 passes (54.3%) for 198 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Connette has completed 23 of 41 throws (56.1%) for 245 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.

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