Fall Practice #2 Notebook

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Posted Aug 6, 2008


Fresno State is two days into fall camp and the intensity is picking up. The early practice was much improved, and the veterans continue to look good…

It was evident early on Coach Pat Hill was happy with the early session of day two compared to day one.

“Morning practice was a lot better we’ve made big improvement with the young players,” said Hill. “I was really happy with the pace of the practice. We’re moving at a good pace. It’s day two, the dog days are coming. I like the way we are progressing. I think everybody is doing well.”

Coach Pat Hill comments on day two of fall camp – Listen to Audio

The most consistent players continue to be the veteran quarterbacks. Tom Brandstater has thrown a few picks over the first two days of camp. However, that has more to do with the defensive backs making plays than Brandstater’s accuracy per se. Nonetheless, no one has looked more impressive than backup QB Ryan Colburn. His accuracy has improved, as well as his touch.

Lonyae Miller looks faster this year. He took a handoff in 9-on-7 action and darted to the outside very quickly. It also looks like he has changed his grip on the ball while running. He looks focused and determined to get his yards without haphazardly carrying the football.

Seyi Ajirotutu continues to have a great camp. But Matt Lindsey has probably been the most consistent. Although he is practicing with the youngsters, he could see the field this year. No one in the unit runs better routes. Moreover, he made the catch of day over Jermaine Thomas. Thomas had great coverage but Lindsey one-handed a nice long ball for the amazing catch.

Bear Pascoe has very little to improve on. Drew Lubinsky and Ryan Skidmore are battling for the No. 2 spot, but the hybrids will be hard to beat. Hybrid tight end/fullback/H-backs Isaac Kinter and Vince Pascoe can catch, run, and most importantly block. That will be the key when they dog days run their course in the next week and half. Whoever can separate themselves in full contact will see more playing time.

The big surprise on Wednesday was seeing sophomore center Joe Bernardi taking first team reps. He suffered a season-ending injury versus Boise State last season in late October. He sat out spring and voluntary summer workouts. His return in fall camp has been pleasant surprise. However, in his absence, junior center Richard Pacheco has improved his game immensely.

“I think the center position is going to take care of itself,” said Hill.

Defensively, walk-on Sean Plummer is practicing with the veterans. The backup WLB took first team reps most of the summer with Quaadir Brown absent and Nick Bates sitting out. Chris Carter is penciled in as the starting WLB. He continues to look good in transition from defensive end. Plummer is the No. 2 WLB with Bates and Brown still practicing with the youngsters.

The four freshmen defensive linemen practicing are doing well. DE Matt Akers, DT Logan Harrell, DT Chase McEntee, and DT Anthony Williams are all physically ready to contribute. DT is the hardest position to recruit in football, and the Bulldogs are lucky to have three capable of playing as true freshmen. Harrell could play end as well.

Another player capable of playing end is walk-on Oregon State transfer Kyle Bell. However, he will have to sit out this season while fulfilling NCAA transfer rules. Speaking of transfers, Chris Lewis is finally showing the signs that made the once Miami Hurricane a top high school prospect.

The secondary has held its own versus Brandstater and the receiving corps. On day one, A.J. Jefferson picked off a Brandstater pass. Wednesday, it was Sharrod Davis’ turn. Davis also stripped a ball from the grasp of Ajirotutu in a drill. The entire secondary has displayed solid coverage and their intensity is a notch higher than previous years.

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