There, it’s on the table: Fresno State’s coach Tim DeRuyter said Monday he and his coaching staff “haven’t produced well enough.”
Translation: a 3-8 record entering the Bulldogs’ season finale against Colorado State, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
Fresno State hasn’t been a four-win program since Pat Hill’s last team went 4-9 in 2011, precipitating DeRuyter’s arrival. The last time the Bulldogs finished a season with three wins was 1978 (3-8).
“You need to re-evaluate everything,” DeRuyter said. “There’s not one thing you can say had we fixed this we would’ve been better. Bottom line as coaches, we’re in a production business and we haven’t produced well enough.”
Emblematic of the difficult season, Fresno State has used four quarterbacks. And two – Chason Virgil and Ford Childress – had season-ending injuries.
That leaves Zack Greenlee and Kilton Anderson. And while Greenlee has started the past two games, Anderson finished last week’s 52-10 loss at BYU and DeRuyter reiterated this week will be an open competition between the two.
What’s ahead in 2016? DeRuyter said he’s talked to his team about the example set by Air Force.
In 2013, the Falcons were 2-10 and 0-8 in the Mountain West. But Air Force bounced back last year with a 10-3 record, including a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win. And this year’s Falcons will play for the Mountain West championship against San Diego State on Dec. 5.
“I’ve mentioned that several times to our team,” DeRutyer said. “I don’t want them thinking that since I’m a graduate from there that’s why I’m doing it. It’s just an example. … They’re a little bit like us: very young and beat up. and during the offseason they re-committed to what they need to do and those guys got older and found ways to win games.
“I have every confidence that our guys will do the same thing.”
DeRuyter added that the unavailability of players because of injuries is “not an excuse.”
“After the season is over, we’ll evaluate,” he said. “Exactly what those reasons are” for the poor record and “what we have to do to fix those things.”
Waller eyes 3,000 – Marteze Waller is four yards from becoming the fifth Bulldogs running back to total 3,000 yards for a career.
The senior from Georgia trails Robbie Rouse (4,674), Ron Rivers (3,473), Ryan Mathews (3,280) and Michael Pittman (3,017) on the all-time list.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know I was that close,” he said.
Ederaine near record – Bulldogs senior outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine needs 2 1/2 tackles for a loss to tie the MW career record of 47.0.
Former San Diego State and Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris set the record in 2011.
Senior Day – Fresno State will honor 18 seniors before kickoff. Ten of the seniors are members of Hill’s final recruiting class and eight were recruited by the current coaching staff.
Fresno State (3-8) vs. Colorado State (6-5)
Vitals: 6 p.m. Saturday at Bulldog Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
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