Fresno State University has a solid run of it under quarterback Derek Carr, but two seasons in to his departure and the Bulldogs are no closer to finding the answer for a solid replacement. Last season, the team lost 8 games as they struggled to put point on the board, and keep the opposition away from the end zone.
The team still has not solidified the quarterback position, but they do have three options coming into this season. Last seasons starter Brain Burrell is no longer with the team, leaving sophomore Zack Greenlee, reshirt freshman Kilton Anderson, and true freshman Chason Virgil. Greenlee looks to be the best option to this point, but nothing is for certain yet. Last season, the Bulldogs ranked ninth the weak Mountain West Conference in passing efficiency and last in actual yards per passing attempt, so one would think that the only way to go is up. Their top receiver in Josh Harper is gone, and Delvon Hardaway is going to miss the first part of the season to a torn ACL. This leaves Aaron Peck to run the show at that position, so he will need to have a breakout season if the Bulldogs are going to have a chance. They do have a quality crop or redshirt freshmen coming in, headed up by KeeSean Johnson and Keyan Williams. If they can catch on quickly, that should more than help the cause.
Last year’s defensive squad gave up a whopping 32.4 points per game, in addition to 456 yards per game. On top of this, the top two plays on the team in Tyeler Davison and Derron Smith are gone. It appears that defensive coordinator Nick Toth has his work cut out for him with 10 of the 11 starting positions on defense up for grabs. The lone returning starter will be inside linebacker Kyrie Wilson. He is going to be called upon to do more than his fair share of tackling. The rest of the defense, however, is up for grabs. If they can pull it together, look from Fresno State to finish 6th in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), which at least is an improvement over last season. If they cannot, it could be another long year in Northern California.
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter will look for his team to return to top form in this upcoming season and be a power coming out of the MWC. Tough games against Ole Miss, Utah and BYU will be a good test at the power of this fairly new Fresno State team and the Bulldogs will need to bring their best in order to come away with victories in each of these games.
Courtesy of The Collegian