Offense Suffers Slip Up

If Saturday morning's scrimmage is any indication of how the Spring Game will be, Fresno State fans better be prepared for a defensive clinic. The Bulldog offense struggled mightily, gaining just one first down during its first eight drives…

The wet weather may have played a factor, but for the most part, the Fresno State offense was awful.

"I was disappointed in our offense," said head coach Tim DeRuyter. "We talked all week [about the weather]. I thought it would be a great practice opportunity to get out here and get in some elements. "Defensively, I think our guys came out with the right attitude and attacked our offense and our offense didn't respond that well."

The Bulldog offense is taking a backseat to the defense as spring practice progresses into its final week. The first few practices, the offense was able to use the hurry up offense to dictate the tempo and force the defense to play their game. However, the defense has adjusted; the offense seems to have slowed down.

"Timing has a lot to do with, we are moving guys," said DeRuyter. "We are little bit slower than we'd like to be right now. It slowed us down when [Isaiah] Burse went down and Davante [Adams] went down. It was more of a normal tempo and not the fast tempo where we want to be. "Today, it wasn't about schemes it was more about attitudes. I thought our defense came out with a better attitude.

The offense was showing some life the last practices and DeRuyter felt the unit would continue to move forward rather than slip up inside Bulldog Stadium.

"I thought we would have taken another step today. I thought our offense on Tuesday and Thursday, at times, were doing some good things. I think out guys let the weather effect them and came out and let the defense dictate the tempo.

"You can't do that in this offense. We addressed it. I know Coach Schramm was disappointed in the way we played. We are not going to tolerate that and going to get it straightened out Tuesday."

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