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Spring Football Review: Fullbacks
Fresno State has had tremendous success using a FB in its two-back, pro-style offense. However, if spring is an indication of what to expect in the fall, the traditional use of the Bulldog fullback maybe limited. New Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain introduced many three, four, and five receiver sets into the offense. Each of those sets moved the FB into the slot, spread the FB wide, or eliminated the need of the FB. Injuries could have also played a part in the limited use of the traditional fullback in Coach McElwain's offense. Projected starter Nate Adams sat out spring practice. He has been battling injuries since his 2005 season-ending knee injury. Isaac Kinter was expected to get first team reps at fullback or the H-back spot despite playing tight end last season, but he missed spring as well. That left former walk on linebacker Reynard Camp and redshirt freshman Frank Padilla to share the reps. Camp was a bulldozer last year in fall camp but his weight hampered him. He came into spring ball about 20-30 lbs lighter. His new look paid dividends. Camp was able to take hold of the position and create some separation from Padilla. Camp did not carry the ball very much in spring. Nonetheless, he showed he could be an option out of the backfield. Lined up at the slot, or even as a receiver, he showed he could catch the ball and be an effective target for the quarterback. Padilla, on the other hand, is a capable runner. However, with so much of the rush offense centered on the tailback, he will likely not see too many carries, if any this season. Like Camp, Padilla also has good hands but has better speed. Adams should enter fall camp atop the depth chart based on experience. Adams was the opening game starter as a redshirt freshman in 2004 but has played in only four games the last two seasons due to injuries. Nevertheless, he is the only FB on the roster who has lined up at the traditional spot in a college game. Kinter could move to fullback permanently, giving the position added depth. His move could signal the transition from the traditional fullback to more of the use of an H-back. TE Cameron Harris – a converted center – also lined up at H-back in spring. Kinter has 4.5 speed, superb hands and is an excellent blocker. It will be interesting to see if the coaches move Kinter to FB or keep him at TE. Another piece of the puzzle enrolls in the fall, LB recruit Austin Raphael played fullback in high school. The 6-2, 230 lb incoming freshman was the only LB in the 2007 class but might line up on the offensive side this fall. BarkBoard.com Spring Grade: C+ Projected Fall Camp Depth Chart: So. Isaac Kinter (6-1, 240), Sr. Nate Adams (5-11, 240), So. Reynard Camp (5-11, 260), Fr. Frank Padilla (6-0, 240) Who to watch out for in fall: Isaac Kinter – He will make up for missing spring and give Coach McElwain's offense an added dimension at the FB spot. Impact Fall Newcomers: Austin Raphael – With the injuries at the position, he could surprise in fall camp. ©Copyright 2007, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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