"He got his ankle rolled and I really don't know how it happened," Fresno State head coach Pat Hill said after ‘Dogs 36-21 loss to Cal.
"Once Richard [Helepiko] went down, it was new things for Cody [Wichmann] to learn," said Carr. "I thought he did a good job…he doesn't want me to get hit. He is working his butt off. It is not his fault. He is young and he is going to learn from it and we are going to move on."
The FS offensive line didn't yield a sack in the first half but gave up four in the second half with Wichmann on the line.
Hill doesn't know how long Helepiko will be out of the lineup. His loss limited the Bulldogs use of four or five receiver sets when the Bulldogs trailed 36-14 in the fourth quarter.
Fresno State worked on the 50 protection – only five offensive linemen blocking – throughout fall camp. But the coaches had to scratch it once Cooper and Wichmann moved to new positions.
"We started out well, but once Richard went down, it was new for those guys who were shifting positions," added Carr.
But it wasn't just the o-line that played poorly. Bulldog receivers continually dropped passes or slipped in the open field. And the Cal defense deserves a lot of the credit. Despite pressing Carr and totaling 12 tackles for loss, the defensive backs blanketed the Bulldogs receivers.
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