FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno State football team worked past practice number 10 of fall camp on Friday morning on the grass practice fields southwest of Bulldog Stadium. It was a shorter duration, in front of a scrimmage planned for Saturday – the second of the week, and second of three planned for fall camp.
“All the little things we practice every day in drills, it’s time for it to carry over into scrimmage situations,” said head coach Jeff Tedford.
The ‘Dogs have had Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to look back at the camp’s first scrimmage, fine-tune and install more into the game plan.
"Yesterday was really long,” Tedford said. “We ran 125 plays in practice. As I was thinking about it, if we expect to get some quality out of [the scrimmage], you have to kind of play it by ear with how the guys feel. They're giving everything they have. I feel really confident about that. I felt like to back off a little today, 15 minutes, it would help freshen them up and we could have a quality scrimmage tomorrow.”
Looking back to Tuesday, it could be argued the offense won the day, scoring eight times with its first 14 drives. But the Bulldog defense will be throwing new looks at the offense to ramp up the challenge of Saturday’s scrimmage.
"There's more stuff that we've installed defensively, so there will be different coverage variations and different blitzes and so on and so forth," Tedford said. "It's not just a test for the quarterback, it's a test for pass protection, blocking for the run, and making sure our assignments are down. Last time, there were a few things in there, but [Saturday] it will be … can you put the mental and the physical together."
In the spring during the second scrimmage the defense ran a lot more at the offense, and tomorrow the same is planned.
"There were a lot of big plays the other day so I would anticipate tomorrow that with the different variations and things like that the defense would stiffen up a little bit,” said Tedford. “I think it will be good. It will be really competitive. A lot of guys will get a chance to show what they can do one more time, because pretty soon here we've got to start narrowing it down to the guys who are going to play and be on the travel squad. The time is coming near.
Fill Bulldog Stadium, Aug. 19
The Red Wave is invited to attend Fresno State football’s third and final scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. The student-athletes will come out to the field early, 5-6 p.m., for a team meet-and-greet on the same playing surface the ‘Dogs play on, prior to the scrimmage’s start.
The Bulldog Foundation will host its Inaugural Kickoff Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 24 to support the Fresno State football team at the Clovis Veteran's Memorial Ballroom.
• All proceeds from the event will go to support the Football Fund for Excellence, to support the current needs of the program such as technological advances, meals and nutrition, recruiting support and facility needs.
• The Kickoff Dinner will cost $50 per person, $1,000 per sponsor table and $2,500 title sponsor table.
• Guests are asked to RSVP by Aug. 17 to Judy Lea at (559) 278-4118 or email@example.com.
Bulldog football ticket options (559-278-3647)
• Season tickets can still be purchased for as low as $99.
• Four and three game mini-plans are on-sale. Both plans include the BYU game on November 4 and all other games are available for choosing.
• Single-game tickets for all games are on sale now.
• The Bulldog ticket office can reached at 559-278-3647 or visit GoBulldogs.com. The office is located at 2650 E. Shaw Ave. (Fresno, CA 93740), on the Northeast corner of the Save Mart Center, marked by a red awning labeled "Bulldog Ticket Office." Office Hours are Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.