'Dogs On Display At Football Fall Scrimmage

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday in front of a gathering of Bulldog faithful at Bulldog Stadium. Head coach Tim DeRuyter felt that his defense outplayed the offense on this day, which was the 11th practice of fall camp.

"I thought defensively our guys came out with the right attitude and played with some energy - they got after it," DeRuyter said. "Offensively, we didn't match that and that was a little disappointing. One side of the ball got it done, the other didn't, so we'll address that this afternoon in our meetings."

DeRuyter said that Saturday's scrimmage was no indication of how fall camp has gone. He said that both sides of the ball have really excelled at times, but is looking for more consistency. That is one thing the coaching staff looks develop over the 18 practices remaining before opening up the season on Sept. 1 at home against Weber State.

"Some periods or drills the offense looks better, some the defense looks better," DeRuyter said. "I expected it to be that way this afternoon, for it to go a bit more back and forth. We didn't execute enough times on offense and we got to get that straightened out."

Junior quarterback Derek Carr was able to drive the first team offense down the field in the limited action he saw.

"We're excited about the schemes we're running," Carr said. "We love [offensive coordinator Dave] Schramm and [defensive coordinator Nick] Toth and what they've brought. Without getting to excited, we can't wait till Sept. 1."

Carr only saw the field for three series and senior running back Robbie Rouse did not play at all, as the coaching staff is trying to develop more depth with the guys behind them.

"I'm comfortable with Robbie," Carr said. "I don't need to tell him, `hey the safety is coming.' He already knows. That's just one less thing I have to worry about sometimes. Milton [Knox] did a fantastic job today against blitzes. Michael [Harris] did a great job.

"We still have to correct a lot of things and that's okay. You're always going to have to correct things and learn things, but with where we are at right now, I'm pretty happy."

Defensive coordinator Nick Toth felt his group did a good job of matching up with the speed and tempo of the offense.

"They came out with the intention to run us off the field and snap the ball a lot. Our guys lined up and played play-after-play," Toth said.

With one scrimmage now under their belts, DeRuyter and the coaching staff will go and take a long look at the tape to see how the Bulldogs played as individuals and as a team.

"We're about on pace," DeRuyter said. "We're about where we need to be, but we need to make strides in the next week."

Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics