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Preseason 1st team MWC pick Travis Brown

Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter and defensive coordinator Nick Toth have the tall task of turning around Fresno State's defense. The 2011 defense ranked 100th in yards per game and 106th in scoring defense, failing to hold any opponent under 21 points. Toth explains how a new 3-4 scheme and some newly available players will help improve the defense…

Head Coach Tim DeRuyter came to Fresno State with an impressive track record of improving defenses immediately. He inherited Ohio's 99th ranked defense and Air Force's 79th ranked defense and turned both into top 25 defenses in his three years at each school as defensive coordinator. But now as a head coach, DeRuyter hands over the reins of his defense to Nick Toth. Toth most recently coached... Recommended Stories