Hamler, Evans Return Praise Freshmen

The Fresno State Bulldogs played last Saturday's game against Cal Poly without their top three receivers. The offense will get two of them back for the upcoming game against Hawaii. Check inside to read the latest on Jamel Hamler and Rashad Evans and their thoughts on their young replacements…

The Fresno State offense was without receivers Jamel Hamler and Rashad Evans, along with the injured Devon Wylie in their 38-17 win over Cal Poly last Saturday night.

The passing game did not falter though, with the young replacements helping the offense total 206 yards through the air. Hamler and Evans are expected to return Saturday against Hawaii. But the two praised the receivers' performance in their absence.

"I saw the young guys stepping up making plays and doing some good things," said Hamler. "Obviously, Isaiah Burse and A.J. Johnson stepping up and making plays while I was down. I felt they played good and played hard."

"When I came out, Burse went in," said Evans. "He did a heck of a job. Couldn't have did it better myself. They did good."

A.J. Johnson and Isaiah Burse each caught a touchdown versus the Mustangs. Burse finished the game with two catches for 63 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, and carried the ball four times for 24 yards. "It's cool. We have a lot of receivers so they were out there doing their thing," Evans said about the young receivers running the offense.

Hamler missed his first game of the season, after gaining 252 yards and two touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He discussed what it was like having to sit out.

"It was hard," said Hamler. "Going out there and seeing my guys obviously play and battle without me. So it feels good to get back in the training room and get back in the meetings and practice and stuff and try to get back on the field as fast as possible."

Evans also commented on returning to the field after missing the last two games. "It's been kind of crucial. I've been wanting to get out there with my team, but now I'm back now so it's good."

Fresno State kicks off Saturday against Hawaii at 7 p.m. PT in Bulldog Stadium.

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