Fresno St. Offense Improves In 2nd Scrimmage

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team held a 102-play scrimmage Friday night at Bulldog Stadium, it's second live scrimmage that came on practice No. 18 of fall camp.

"We're making some progress and we did some good things on both sides of the ball," head coach Tim DeRuyter said after the scrimmage. "Offensively we moved the ball and scored down in the red zone, which was good to see. Defensively, we made some big plays and I liked how our [first team's] are playing."

Junior quarterback Derek Carr had a big scrimmage leading the first team offense. He was 11-for-15 passing for 129 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Two of his touchdown passes went to running back Michael Harris. The first one was a 19-yard touchdown on a third-and-four early in the scrimmage when the Bulldogs started drives at the opposing 25-yard line, working on punching the ball into the end zone when they were in scoring position.

Harris' second TD catch came on a screen pass and it was from 14 yards out. The play was set up beautifully and after Carr got Harris the ball, he did the rest of the work by breaking two tackles inside the five-yard line and carrying another defender with him across the goal line.

That score came during the period when the Bulldogs were working on their one-minute offense. Carr and the first team offense started with the ball on their own 35-yard line with 59 seconds left on the clock.

It only took six plays for the Bulldogs to score, which came against the second team defense. The big plays on the drive were a Carr 21-yard completion to running back Milton Knox and a 30-yard connection to Josh Harper, who made an outstanding diving catch on the play.

The night was not all offense, however. Redshirt freshman linebacker Jamaal Rose picked up a fumble caused by Ibe Nduke and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

The first team defense had two tackles for a loss - one by Jeremiah Toma and one by Shawn Plummer - while Donovan Lewis had a sack against the first team offense during the first drive of the game.

Just like with the first scrimmage, senior running back Robbie Rouse did not participate in Friday's scrimmage. Safety Phillip Thomas also saw minimal action as the coaches don't want to risk them getting injured.

Friday's scrimmage was Fresno State's second practice of the day. In addition to the events on the field, DeRuyter also made several announcements Friday.

He first announced in the morning that Josh Quezada, a transfer from BYU, is enrolled in school at Fresno State has joined the team. Quezada, a 5-11, 225-pound running back out of La Habra, Calif. (La Habra High School), practiced with the Bulldogs for the first time on Friday. He will have to sit out the 2012 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations and will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.

Then, freshman offensive lineman David Keller has been cleared by the NCAA to begin practicing with the Bulldogs. Keller is a 6-4, 285-pounder out of Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial High School.

Both he and Quezada will have to go through the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period, which requires two practices in helmets and two in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) before going in full pads with the rest of the team.

Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics