Fall Camp Preview: Fullbacks

Nate Adams is finally healthy

Fresno State used the fullback quite well under former offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. Steve Hagen was not around long enough to see any changes in the offense, but new offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will shake things up, including the fullback position in fall camp.

Sr. Nate Adams (5-10, 240) missed the entire 2005 season with a knee injury after starting the 2004 season opener as a redshirt freshman. He was not completely healthy last season and sat out this past spring. Despite being injury-prone, he is expected to enter fall camp atop the depth chart.

Adams is participating in summer drills. He finally looks healthy enough to make an impact in camp. He has taken a majority of first team reps during summer, when a fullback is used in the formation. He is the only fullback on the roster to start a game and his experience currently gives him the edge heading into fall camp. However, he is not the most athletic pass-catcher out of the backfield.

So. Raynard Camp (5-11, 260) had a great spring. With Adams and TE/H-Back Isaac Kinter sitting out of spring practice, he got the majority of the first team reps at fullback.

Camp is a bulldozer running up the gut and surprisingly is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. Nonetheless, his speed and endurance are major question marks. He has shown natural leadership throughout summer. He should emerge in fall camp as the starter.

Fr. Frank Padilla (6-0, 240) is the fastest and most athletic fullback Fresno State has had under Head Coach Pat Hill. Padilla possesses great footwork, soft hands, and speed to play tailback. He redshirted last season after a grayshirt in 2005. He lacks the experience of those ahead of him on the depth chart and he missed the last week of spring with an injury.

Padilla is healthy and gives the Bulldogs their versatile weapon at the fullback position. If Coach McElwain wants to spread the ball around, Padilla's presence on the field will create the most mismatches for opposing defenses.


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