Fresno State cornerback Daquawn Brown, who was expected to challenge for a starting spot, is academically ineligible and will miss the season, according to sources in the program.
Anthoula “Tank” Kelly also will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.
The Bulldogs do have returning starters at the corner positions in Tyquwan Glass and Jamal Ellis, and some depth to help absorb the losses of Brown and Kelly.
Glass, who along with receiver Aaron Peck is representing the Bulldogs at Media Days, started eight games last season, led the team with four interceptions and was in on 62 tackles, the most by a Fresno State cornerback since Desia Dunn had 65 in 2010. Ellis has 20 career starts, including all 12 games a year ago, when he led the team and ranked fifth in the conference with eight pass breakups.
Fresno State also has an incoming junior college transfer in Jerrell Sykes from Kilgore College and freshmen Juju Hughes and Jaron Bryant.
Brown, a transfer from Washington State, was the Bulldogs’ scout team player of the year last season for special teams. He played in 25 games and made 15 starts for the Cougars in 2013 and ’14, racking up 132 tackles including 8.5 for loss, 16 pass breakups and two interceptions.
Gama update – Offensive lineman Shane Gama, who was hospitalized July 15 after suffering from heatstroke during a conditioning workout, has been released from Fresno Community Medical Center and is continuing his recovery at home in Fresno.
The athletic department is reviewing the policies and practices of team workouts and conditioning sessions, according to a statement.
Gama, a transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, will report to fall camp with the team Aug. 3, though there is not yet a timetable for a return to the field. The Fresno State sports medicine staff and Gama’s personal physician will continue to monitor his health and make the determination on when he can return to practice with the team.
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